“Constrained Intervention” Speech by Lord Owen to The Dublin Institute of International and European Affairs
Constrained Intervention: Speech by Lord Owen to The Dublin Institute of International and European Affairs
Published 5 October, 2011
The UN Security Council Resolution on Libya and its implementation by NATO is an interesting example of a new form of intervention that I have called constrained intervention. It makes legal military action which is designed to tilt the balance of fighting on the ground in the country of a member state, without there being an occupying force. It thereby leaves the resolution of conflict to the citizens of the member 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 General Assembly Member States at the UN World Summit in 2005. To read the full speech click here
We have proved in Libya that intervention can still work
The toppling of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi shows that despite greater constraints, the West can still do good. Click here to read the full article
Article by Lord Owen Published in The Daily Telegraph, 24 August 2011
What makes a dictator pack his bags?
We all want to see Gaddafi and Assad face their just deserts, but politicians have to reconcile justice with pragmatism. Click here to read the full article
Article by Lord Owen, Published in The Independent on Sunday, 21 August 2011
Civilian deaths have led to doubts over Nato’s Libya campaign. Yet to stop now would be a huge defeat for humanitarian order
Article by David Owen, published in The Guardian, Thursday, 23 June, 2011
Nato’s operation in the air over Libya started on 19 March under a UN resolution and at the specific request of the Arab League. Its immediate effect was to ensure that Benghazi was not overrun by the Gaddafi forces who were poised for victory.
To ensure there was no Russian or Chinese veto, and to satisfy some EU members who were not ready to be part of a military intervention, it was necessary to strictly limit Nato’s activity. read more…..