chapter  13
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Law and force in the twenty-first century

ByGerry Simpson

It was time, according to Blair, to usher in a new interventionist period in which force would be used to avert or end humanitarian catastrophe: “I was already reaching for a different philosophy in international relations from a traditional one that has held sway since the treaty of Westphalia in 1648; namely that a country’s internal affairs are for it” (Blair 2004).