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Constrained Intervention

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About this Event

05 Oct 2011 @ 12:45

You can download Lord Owen's transcript here.

About the Speech:

The UN Security Council Resolution on Libya and its implementation by NATO is an interesting example of a new form of intervention that Lord Owen has called "constrained intervention".

Constrained intervention makes legal military action which is designed to tilt the balance of fighting on the ground, without there being an occupying force.  It thereby leaves the resolution of conflict to the citizens of the affected state, preserves the essence of the UN Charter, and presents a practical way of working through the Responsibility to Protect, which was a new norm or set of principles embraced by the General Assembly of Member States at the UN World Summit in 2005.  

About the Speaker:

Lord Owen served as British Foreign Secretary from 1977 to 1979, the youngest person in over forty years to hold the position. He co-authored the Vance-Owen and Owen-Stoltenberg peace plans offered during the Bosnian War. In 1981, Owen was one of the 'Gang of Four' who left the Labour Party to found the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Owen led the SDP from 1983 to 1987, and the continuing SDP from 1988 to 1990. He sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher.

The IIEA wishes to acknowledge the support it has received from the European Commission throughout 2011.

Theme: Foreign Policy and ESDP 

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