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The 1991 Humanitarian Intervention in Iraq: Justifications and Consequences for Iraqi Kurdistan
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
2023 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on humanitarian intervention in Iraq with a special focus on Iraqi Kurdistan. The purpose of the study is to analyze humanitarian intervention from different perspectives, especially in political matters. Despite this, a reasonable selection process is needed as not all international political aspects are particularly relevant. There are aspects which, although closely linked to humanitarian intervention, do not need a detailed analysis due to the already extensive literature and the established nature of the relevant regulation which does not analyze much new information.

The study aims to apply theories and concepts in an analysis of humantarian intervention by applying a theoretical model based on humanitarian intervention and the UN's policy process. The analysis will focus on three dimensions: content, organization and legitimacy. By exploring these dimensions, the study will examine and evaluate different aspects of the intervention, including the political arguments, the structure and functioning of the UN policy process, and the legitimacy and support for the intervention from different actors and the world community.

The method used in the study is qualitative research to define humanitarian intervention which is heavily dependent on the theoretical model. The most important results of the analysis are that there are no standards for when the UN system for crisis management should be activated and that the political unity in the Security Council is not as strong as the principles express. Other results are that thispolitical field, especially the political decisions about international armed conflicts, has countless very interesting aspects. However, a detailed presentation of these aspects requires a more specific study dealing with this topic, rather than an essay on humanitarian intervention.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. , p. 48
Keywords [en]
Humanitarian Intervention, Kurds, "Responsibility to protect", Sovereignty, Nonintervention, Non-interference.
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51817OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-51817DiVA, id: diva2:1775422
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Available from: 2023-06-28 Created: 2023-06-27 Last updated: 2023-06-28Bibliographically approved

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