Although the subject is one on which there would appear to be little new to impart, the authors of this study (originally a series of lectures at Oxford in 1982) examine it from all possible political and legal angles and find many perceptive things to say. Despite many instances of intervention by the superpowers and others since World War II, the principle of nonintervention remains a fundamental rule as long as the international system rests, in theory and in most practice, on sovereign and independent national states. The key question is what to do, if anything, about violations. Among the contributors are Stanley Hoffmann, Rosalyn Higgins, Richard Falk and Evan Luard.
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