n Journal of African Union Studies - Not yet never again : an enquiry into external military intervention for human protection in Africa

Volume 2, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


External military intervention, particularly on humanitarian grounds, is a core aspect of the concept of the responsibility to protect, the latter which is founded on a menu of legal norms in Africa and beyond. Its implementation in Africa, particularly in the light of events in Libya and Mali is not without its discontent. The dissatisfaction with its application is rooted in the popular notion that it is a neo-colonial drive of the West which is usually pursued and coordinated at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) only when it suits the economic or political interests of its members.

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