Intervention Head to Head

  • Event Start: 30th April 2019, 5:00pm
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Humanitarian Intervention:  A Contradiction in Terms?

Global inaction has been criticised for exacerbating humanitarian crises, with the atrocities committed in Rwanda continuing to weigh on the conscience of the international community.  However, in light of recent failures in foreign intervention, including Iraq and Libya, the West has had a crisis of confidence in its ability to meet its "Responsibility to Protect"

From the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar to the man-made famine in war-torn Yemen, to Assad's re-consolidation of power in Syria, the international community faces a reckoning with what it means to pursue humanitarian aims in foreign policy.  Faced with these dilemmas, should intervention continue to be seen as the appropriate solution for humanitarian crises?  Or are the long-term results produced worse than the consequences of inaction?


  • John Rees (Proposition) : British political activist, national officer of the Stop the War Coalition and founding member of Counterfire
  • Ryan Crocker (Opposition) : Former US ambassador to Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom