Political Theory

Foreign Policy, Humanitarianism, and Liberty


This conference will explore the role that humanitarian arguments have played in justifying military interventions in American foreign policy, and the extent to which such arguments are consistent with classical liberal principles.


Conference Readings

Adams, John Quincy. “Message to Congress, July 4, 1821.” Future of Freedom Foundation. http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/john-quincy-adams-foreign-policy-1821/ (July 7, 2015).

Bass, Gary J. Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention. New York: Knopf, 2008.

Buchanan, Allen, “Reforming the International Law of Humanitarian Intervention” In Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical, Legal, and Political Dilemmas, edited by J. L. Holzgrefe and Robert O. Keohane, 130-141. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Coyne, Christopher J. Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013.

Ebeling, Richard M., “Classical Liberalism in the Twenty-First Century: War and Peace” In Liberty, Security, and the War on Terrorism, edited by Richard M. Ebeling and Jacob G. Hornberger, 173-178. Fairfax: Future of Freedom Foundation, 2003.

Evans, Gareth. “The Responsibility to Protect After Libya and Syria.” www.gevans.org. http://www.gevans.org/speeches/speech476.html (July 10, 2015).

Evans, Gareth and Mohamed Sahnoun. “The Responsibility to Protect.” Foreign Affairs 81, no. 6 (2002): 99-110.

Gamble, Richard M. The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation. Wilmington: ISI Books, 2003.

Gibbs, David N. First Do No Harm: Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2009.

Hoffmann, Stanley, Robert C. Johansen, and James P. Sterba. The Ethics and Politics of Humanitarian Intervention. University of Notre Dame Press: South Bend, 1996.

Kaplan, Lawrence and William Kristol. The War over Iraq: Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission. San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2003.

Monroe, James. “Monroe Doctrine: Seventh Annual Message to Congress, December 2, 1823.” The Our Documents initiative. http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=23&page=transcript (accessed November 12, 2013).

Pérez, Louis A., Jr. The War of 1898: The United States and Cuba in History and Historiography. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.

Proctor, Redfield. “Cuban Reconcentration Policy and its Effects - A Speech.” The Spanish American War Centennial Website. http://www.spanamwar.com/proctorspeech.htm (July 10, 2015).

Randolph, John. John Randolph of Roanoke: A Study in American Politics. Edited by Russell Kirk. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1997.

Tesón, Fernando R., “The Liberal Case for Humanitarian Intervention” In Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical, Legal, and Political Dilemmas, edited by J. L. Holzgrefe and Robert O. Keohane, 93-129. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

United Nations General Assembly. “Early Warning, Assessment and the Responsibility to Protect.” unrol.org. http://www.responsibilitytoprotect.org/N1045020(1).pdf (July 10/2015).

Webster, Daniel. The Great Speeches and Orations of Daniel Webster. Compiled by Edwin Percy Whipple. Washington, DC: Beard Books, 2001.

Weede, Erich. “The Diffusion of Prosperity and Peace by Globalization.” Independent Review 2, no. 9 (2004): 165-186.