Prevention Better Than Cure: The United Nations, Terrorism and the Concept of Humanitarian Preemption
Kulkarni, Nikhil Vasant
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The end of the Cold-War has seen a change in the global security situation with the emergence of transnational non-state security threats. Developing the idea that states disconnected from the process of globalization pose a security threat to the US (Barnett, 2004), I contend that transnational non-state threats to global security thrive in such disconnected societies. I propose the idea of humanitarian preemption whereby preventive humanitarian action is taken under the aegis of the United Nations to alleviate the problem of disconnectedness among states. I explore the issues of UN capacity, state sovereignty and prescribe a blueprint for UN action against terrorism.