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“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

Final Article on Libya by Lord Owen for The Daily Telegraph

Final Article on Libya  by Lord Owen for The Daily Telegraph as edited

Wednesday 24 August 2011

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We Have Proved in Libya That Intervention Can Still Work

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

Revised Article on Libya by The Rt Hon Lord Owen

Revised Article on Libya by The Rt Hon Lord Owen for The Independent on Sunday

Published 22 August 2011

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What Makes a Dictator Pack His Bags?

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

We Must Hold Firm on Libya

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…..

Declare Misrata A Safe Haven

Article on Libya by The Rt Hon Lord Owen Published in the The Times Tuesday, 19 April 2011

When I first advocated on Monday, 21 February a no-fly-zone over Libya to protect Libyan citizens from the overwhelming military superiority of the Gaddafi regime, liberation forces were in control of most of the cities and towns that bordered the Mediterranean coast apart from Tripoli. read more…..

Lord Owen on the Tory government’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East crises

Published in the Daily Mirror Friday, 18 March 2011

If you are watching the crises unfold throughout the Middle East, Britain’s approach might seem ­schizophrenic.

While the UK’s official response to crackdown in Libya was vocal against the Libyan authorities and in favour of the rebels, in Bahrain the response has been almost mute by ­comparison.

In part this is becauseof vested reasons Britain has deep interests in ­maintaining links with some Arab countries and not others. read more…..