Title page for ETD etd-05042001-132107

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Heinze, Eric Alan
URN etd-05042001-132107
Title Human Rights in the Discourse on Sovereignty: The United States, Russia and NATO's Intervention in Kosovo
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Borer, Douglas A. Committee Chair
Taylor, Charles Lewis Committee Member
White, Stephen K. Committee Member
  • sovereignty
  • humanitarian intervention
  • human rights
  • Kosovo
Date of Defense 2001-04-25
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The concept of sovereignty has been a contestable

idea throughout history, and its meaning has

oftentimes transformed to reflect prevailing

systemic conditions and political priorities of

major actors in each historical period. In this

study, I argue that the social construction of

state sovereignty is at the beginning stages of

another major redefinition. In an era of

globalization and regional integration, discourse

on sovereignty has become increasingly prolific

as the rhetoric of sovereignty moves away from

Westphalian principles that were based exclusively

on the agency of independent states. Furthermore,

multinational campaigns to promote international

human rights engender a discourse that suggests

the idea of sovereignty is changing. Does this

emerging discourse confirm the growing legitimacy

of humanitarian intervention, or is it merely a

discursive trend in international relations that

does not indicate significant change in state

perception and behavior? The purpose of this work

is to address this question.

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