Type
Livre
Titre
Democracies at War against Terrorism. A Comparative Perspective
Dans
The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy
Auteur(s)
COHEN Samy - Centre de recherches internationales (Directeur de publication ou de collection)
Éditeur
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan
Collection
The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy
Pages
280 p.
ISBN
9780230600423
Mots clés
democratic nations, irregular armed groups, asymmetric wars
Résumé
EN
This book deals with the difficulty democracies face in conducting asymmetric warfare in highly populated areas without violating international humanitarian law. On numerous occasions, democratic nations have been singled out by human rights NGOs for the brutality of their modus operandi, for their inadequate attention to the protection of civilian populations, or for acts of abuse or torture on prisoners. Why do they perpetrate these violations? Do they do so intentionally or unintentionally? Can democracies combat irregular armed groups without violating international law? When their population is under threat, do they behave as non-democracies would? Does this type of war inevitably produce war crimes on a more or less massive scale?

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