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Dilemmas of Humanitarian Military Intervention

May 12-14, 2000
Ida Noyes Hall
The University of Chicago



The phenomenon of humanitarian military intervention, exemplified by the NATO military action against Yugoslavia over Kosovo, apparently taken not for strategic or economic but for humanitarian interests, raises important questions of policy and principle. The conference will bring together people of diverse theoretical and practical perspectives to reflect on a high level about the implications and problems of this novel combination of means and ends, waging war to protect people in another sovereign state against oppression, expulsion, or massacre.

Among the issues the conference will consider are:

A detailed schedule for this conference is forthcoming.

Any questions may be directed to:

Stephen Gregory at 773-702-3423 or mailto://stephen-gregory@uchicago.edu

Conference Schedule

Friday, May 12
2:30 pm

Making War to Keep Peace: When is it Legitimate? 
Prudent?  Necessary?  When is it not Legitimate?

Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, Department of Government, Georgetown University

 Saintly Strategy, or the Humanitarian Expulsion of Politics from War
Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor, The New Republic

 Kosovo, East Timor, Chechnya: How Inconsistent Can One Get?
Pierre Hassner, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales


Saturday, May 13
10:00 am

Wars for the End of History?
Clifford Orwin, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

 Just War and Humanitarian Intervention
Jean Elshtain, Divinity School, University of Chicago


  2:30 pm

Should the Military 'Do Windows?' 
Humanitarian Intervention and Civil-Military Relations
Michael C. Desch, The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, University of Kentucky

A Rooseveltian Foreign Policy – TR not FDR  
Adam Wolfson, Executive Editor, Public Interest  

Humanitarian Coercive Diplomacy or Humanitarian War?
Charles Fairbanks, Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute


Sunday, May 14  
10:00 am

Kosovo: The West’s Last War of Conscience?
Josef Joffe, Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

The Security Debate after 1989 – A Central European Point of View  
Deputy Minister Martin Palouš, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic


All sessions will be held in the Theater of Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance may contact Stephen Gregory in advance at (773) 702-3423.


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