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    Dr. Heinze s New Book If you attended the UN Association s Annual Spring Meeting and Luncheon last year, you know that Dr. Eric Heinze is a good speaker and a
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      Dr. Heinze's New Book

      If you attended the UN Association's Annual Spring Meeting and Luncheon last year, you know that Dr. Eric Heinze is a good speaker and a smart guy.  We're certainly proud that he serves our local chapter as a member of our board of directors.

      In case you didn't know it, Dr. Heinze is also a talented writer and a successful author.  His new book is from the State University of New York Press.  It is titled, "Waging Humanitarian War: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Humanitarian Intervention."  According to the publisher, the book examines the ethical, legal, and political dimensions of military intervention for humanitarian reasons.

      While the book is largely focused on the theoretical underpinnings of humanitarian interventions, there is a direct connection to problems that actually exist in our world today.  You can think about Rwanda in the 1990's.  Darfur today.  Consider the principle of the "Responsibility to Protect" that has been embraced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and many other world leaders.  Global civil society is struggling with the questions that are examined in Dr. Heinze's volume:

      <>  How severe must human suffering be before military intervention is considered?
      <>  Can there be commensurate legal grounding for such an argument?
      <>  Which actors are the most appropriate agents of intervention?

      SUNY Press describes "Waging Humanitarian War" with a short blurb on the back cover of the book.  It reads like this:

      "In this reasonable and straightforward approach to the perplexing issue of humanitarian intervention, Eric A. Heinze incorporates insights from various strands of ethical, legal, and international relations theory. He identifies the conditions under which humanitarian intervention is morally permissible, establishes the extent to which such an ethical argument can be grounded in international law, and determines which actors are best equipped to undertake this task under prevailing political conditions.

      "Heinze presents the reader with a number of empirical examples, including the 1999 Kosovo intervention, the 2003 Iraq war, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. The result is a more theoretically consistent -- and therefore more practically workable -- approach to humanitarian intervention."

      Written for an academic audience, this isn't a book that is likely to appear on very many coffee tables.  You can bet that Dr. Heinze isn't expecting an invitation to appear on Oprah.  But, even though you won't likely find this book on the New York Times list of best sellers, it is nevertheless a significant volume that will be read by scholars, diplomats, philosophers, political scientists, and legal theorists around the world.

      We're pleased that Dr. Heinze has produced this book, and we wish him all the success that an author may legally enjoy.

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      More About Dr. Eric Heinze

      Eric Heinze joined the Department of Political Science and School of International and Area Studies in 2005.  He teaches courses in the field of international relations, including classes on international relations theory, international law, international organizations, and international human rights. Professor Heinze’s research deals with normative and ethical issues in international relations with a focus on global governance, armed conflict, and human rights.  His current and recent work is on humanitarian military intervention, the politics of genocide, the ethical and legal implications of the Iraq war and the “war on terror,” and the role of non-state actors in armed conflict. 

      Professor Heinze is the author of Waging Humanitarian War: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Humanitarian Intervention (State University of New York Press, 2009), and co-editor (with Brent Steele) of Ethics, Authority and War: Non-State Actors and the Just War Tradition, which is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan. His articles have been published in various journals, including Global Governance, Political Science Quarterly, Polity, the International Journal of Human Rights, Parameters, the Journal of International Political Theory, and the Journal of Military Ethics. He is a member of the International Studies Association, the American Political Science Association, and the American Society of International Law. He also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association.

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