Reshaping the Idea of Humanitarian Intervention: Norms, Causal Stories, and the Use of Force Carrie Booth Walling, All Necessary Measures: The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention (University of Pennsylvania Press 2013).
Date of this Version
Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 36, Number 2, May 2014, pp. 488-492
With an ongoing human tragedy unfolding in Syria and the international community unable and unwilling to respond, Carrie Booth Walling’s All Necessary Measures reminds us that in international politics, power is “no longer simply about whose military can win but also about whose story can win.”1 That is, the narratives that shape our understanding of the causes and possible solutions of mass violence inherently shape our willingness to act. In this carefully researched and well-reasoned book, Walling argues that scholars and practitioners must take norms seriously, even in the arena of power politics.