When to Intervene Forcibly in Interstate Relations, a Conversation with Prof. Michael Doyle

By  David M. Malone. Published by the United Nations University.

"When to Intervene Forcibly in Interstate Relations”, a Conversation with Prof. Michael Doyle.

What should our rules for international non-intervention and intervention be to adhere to three (potentially contradictory) principles? The first is the commitment to humanitarian assistance, irrespective of international borders; the second is respect for the significance of communitarian, national self-determination; and the third is accommodation to the reality of international anarchy — the absence of reliable world government — that puts a premium on self-help national security.

Prof. Michael Doyle joins UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring these questions in relation to John Stuart Mill’s classic (1859) attempt to outline an ethical doctrine of non-intervention and intervention.

About the Speaker

Michael W. Doyle is the Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and University Professor of Columbia University where he is affiliated with the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School. His research interests include international relations theory, international law, international peace-building and the United Nations. From 2006 to 2013, Doyle was an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund, a fund established in 2005 by the UN General Assembly to promote grass-roots democratisation around the world.

Prof. Doyle previously served as assistant secretary-general and special adviser for policy planning to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He has received two career awards from the American Political Science Association for his scholarship and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He has an AB and PhD from Harvard University.

For his brilliant, youthful engagement with Immanuel Kant’s ideas, among other achievements, Michael Doyle has long been considered one of the US’s leading political scientists.