From the White Man’s Burden to the Responsible Saviour: Justifying Humanitarian Intervention in Libya

Ilia Xypolia* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Abstract: In recent years, there has been renewed interest in conceptualising the political nature of human rights as well as intense debate over the precise nature of Western biases in the whole project. Spurred by the fresh renewal of radical theory, a growing body of literature explores the role that racialized power hierarchies have played in the human rights project through the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine. Drawing from critical human rights scholarship, this article explores the way human rights have been employed as a legitimising discourse for justifying military intervention in Libya. In doing so, it illustrates the Eurocentric conceptualisation of power, power hierarchies and subjectivities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalMiddle East Critique
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date5 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Human rights
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Libya
  • Obama
  • Qaddafi
  • R2P
  • United States

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