Students love good stories. That is why case studies are such a powerful way to engage students while teaching them about concepts fundamental to the study of international relations. Cases in International Relations helps students understand the context of headline events in the international arena. Organized into three main parts—military, economic, and human security—the book's fifteen cases examine enduring and emerging issues from the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict to the rapidly changing field of cyber-security. Compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the cases consider a dispute's origins, issue development, and resolution so that readers see the underlying dynamics of state behavior and can try their hand at applying theory.

Libya's Uprising and the Responsibility to Protect

Libya's uprising and the responsibility to protect

Humanitarian intervention has become a particularly salient feature of international politics since the end of the Cold War. From Somalia to Bosnia to Kosovo, multilateral forces entering conflict zones in the name of saving lives have raised hard questions about the nature of state sovereignty versus an increasingly strong case for the world's “responsibility to protect” civilians from harm when governments are unwilling or unable to do so. In this chapter, we explore both humanitarian intervention and the narrower, newer idea of “responsibility to protect” through a case study of the 2011 intervention in Libya while that country underwent a violent uprising as part of the broader Arab Spring.

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