The current mechanisms and agents of humanitarian intervention are inadequate. As the crisis in Darfur has highlighted, the international community lacks both the willingness to undertake humanitarian intervention and the ability to do so legitimately. This article considers a cosmopolitan solution to these problems: the creation of a standing army for the United Nations. There have been a number of proposals for such a force, including many recently. However, they contain two central flaws: the force proposed would be, firstly, too small and, secondly, too dependent on major states. Accordingly, I argue that, to be a substantial improvement on the current situation, such a force would need to be, firstly, much larger and, secondly, in the hands of cosmopolitan democratic institutions. This two-part solution would solve the problems faced by current interveners, but is unlikely to be realised soon. Accordingly, I argue that our immediate efforts should instead be concentrated on improving regional organisations' ability to intervene
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.3366/E1755088208000128
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,337
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Defending the Purely Instrumental Account of Democratic Legitimacy.Richard J. Arneson - 2003 - Journal of Political Philosophy 11 (1):122–132.
The Duty to Protect.Kok-Chor Tan - 2006 - In Terry Nardin & Melissa Williams (eds.), Humanitarian Intervention. New York University Press.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Kant, International Law, and the Problem of Humanitarian Intervention.Antonio Franceschet - 2010 - Journal of International Political Theory 6 (1):1-22.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Response to Pattison: Whose Responsibility to Protect?H. M. Roff - 2009 - Journal of Military Ethics 8 (1):79-85.
Humanitarian Intervention, Consent, and Proportionality.Jeff McMahan - 2009 - In N. Ann Davis, Richard Keshen & Jeff McMahan (eds.), Ethics and Humanity: Themes From the Philosophy of Jonathan Glover. Oxford University Press.
Legitimacy, Humanitarian Intervention, and International Institutions.Miles Kahler - 2011 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 10 (1):20-45.


Added to PP index

Total views
31 ( #368,761 of 2,507,895 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #416,715 of 2,507,895 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes