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Montag, 17. September 2018, 19:00 Uhr

IS THERE A "GOOD" WAR?

HOW MILITARY INTERVENTIONS IN SYRIA, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AFFECT SOCIETIES AND WESTERN POLICIES

Karin von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute/RUSI, London. Von Hippel joined RUSI after serving in the US Department of State as a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Counterterrorism and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and finally, as Chief of Staff to General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL.

Moderation: Tessa Szyszkowitz, journalist and author

Karin von Hippel discusses the effect of military intervention in her academic and diplomatic work. Her book Democracy by Force: US Military Intervention in the Post-Cold War World (2000) dealt with the practical, but also moral implications of enforcing values on others under the assumption that this is in everybody’s interest. Her work on counter-terrorism in the US-State Department has brought the practical implications closer to her attention. Since the intervention in Iraq has removed a dictator but created considerable chaos the question has only become more urgent: Are there good wars? The interventions of foreign powers in the civil war in Syria is the most recent example of how complex international interventions have become: If a military power like Russia unilaterally decides to intervene on one side of a conflict, should the others watch or intervene, too?

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