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The western order under quasi-multilateralism:the Bosnian conflict and the West 1992-1995

Yoshitome, Kota (2005) The western order under quasi-multilateralism:the Bosnian conflict and the West 1992-1995. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

Ths thesis presents an interpretation of the forniation process of the post-Cold War international order with special reference to the Western debate regarding use of coercive power in the Bosnian conflict of 1992-1995. As the role of multilateralism and the authority of the UN were the most contentious issues of the debate, this thesis will provide a critical resource for comprehending the origin and the nature of 'American unflateralism',and its relationship with other Western allies. It will also be a useful tool in predicting future outcomes. This research will apply the concept of 'Quasi-multflater-alism' to analyse the relationship between the US and other Western states during the Bosnian conflict. It is held that the US justified its policies in the name of collective action without adhering to the outcomes of genuine multilateral consultation with its allies. However, this inevitably undermined th e quality of justice that the West alleged to promote. More specifically, this work will analyse the fact that there was a clear tension between Western states who sought to legitimize their role in international order based on shared values,and thus it will argue that the content of 'Western Value' was a product of power politics. Accordingly, this research will conclude that America's interpretation of justice was used as a means to project its own national interest under the logic of Quasi-multilateralism. This thesis will challenge the Liberal view of the present world order that Western states have common interests in promoting democracy and market economies across the globe and implementation of those Western values will make the world safer and fairer.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Politics & International Studies (POLIS) (Leeds)
Depositing User: Ethos Import
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2010 16:00
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2014 10:27
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/436

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