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With France launching its third "humanitarian" military operation in as many years – this time in the Central African Republic – interventionism, which seemed discredited after the United States decided to invade Iraq, seems to have returned as an accepted norm in international affairs.To understand how this shift occurred is to see why, more often than not, such intervention has failed to attain its objectives.AsThis is the upshot of an intellectual movement that began almost 35 years ago – and that has facilitated no fewer than a dozen interventions in just over two decades. It helped that, during the geopolitical interregnum of the 1990s, humanitarian intervention had become the go-to solution for the world's growing impatience with underdevelopment.In this way, normalized intervention may be taking the international order into a new era of naked power struggles.It is time for world leaders to recognize that intervention is more than ineffective; it can be destructive. In the name of protecting humanity, irresponsible interventionism over the last three decades has weakened the very foundations of international affairs: sovereignty, legality and responsibility.
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