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The Impact of Human Rights INGO Shaming on Humanitarian Interventions

Murdie, Amanda ; Peksen, Dursun

The Journal of Politics, Jan 2014, Vol.76(1), p.215 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The Impact of Human Rights INGO Shaming on Humanitarian Interventions
  • Author: Murdie, Amanda ; Peksen, Dursun
  • Description: Do transnational human rights organizations (HROs) influence foreign military intervention onset? We argue that the greater international exposure of human suffering through HRO "naming and shaming" activities starts a process of mobilization and opinion change in the international community that ultimately increases the likelihood of humanitarian military intervention. This is a special corollary to the supposed "CNN Effect" in foreign policy; we argue that information from HROs can influence foreign policy decisions. We test the empirical implication of the argument on a sample of all non-Western countries from 1990 to 2005. The results suggest that HRO shaming makes humanitarian intervention more likely even after controlling for several other covariates of intervention decisions. HRO activities appear to have a significant impact on the likelihood of military missions by IGOs as well as interventions led by third-party states. [PUBLICATION ]
  • Is Part Of: The Journal of Politics, Jan 2014, Vol.76(1), p.215
  • Identifier: ISSN: 00223816 ; E-ISSN: 1468-2508 ; DOI: 10.1017/S0022381613001242
  • Subjects: Human Rights ; International Organizations ; Humanitarian Aid ; Decision Making ; Military Engagements ; Foreign Policy
  • Language: English

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