Military wars without a reasonable prospect of success in unjustifiable. Especially when it is done in the name of humanity. Couched in the debate on the responsibility to protect civilians from violence and drawing on traditional' Just war' principles, the central premise of the present book is the humanitarian military intervention can be reasonably sure that intervention will do more good than harm.
This book argues that the central factors determining whether a humanitarian war succeeds are the objectives of the intervention and the military strategy employed by the intervening states. Four types of humanitarian military intervention are offered: helping to deliver emergency aid, protecting aid operations, saving the victims of violence and defeating the perpetrators of violence. The focus on strategy within these four types allows an exploration of the political and military dimensions of humanitarian intervention and highlights the advantage and disadvantages of each of the four types.