Intervening in Civil Conflicts

Years ago it was rare for one country to intervene when there was a conflict within the borders of another sovereign country. But the rules for international behavior are changing, and the world is seeing more and more outside intervention in civil wars and internal conflicts. In this Common Ground, Rick Inderfurth, representative for special political affairs at the United States Mission to the United Nations, Francis Deng, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Ian Martin, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, conduct a roundtable discussion about what should prompt the international community to intervene in a country's problems.

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