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