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by Michel Feher

ISBN: 0822326051
ISBN13: 978-0822326052
Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Books (September 25, 2000)
Pages: 184
Category: Social Sciences
Subategory: Sociology

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The Age of the International Community (Public Planet).

The Age of the International Community (Public Planet). by Michel Feher, Michel Feher. Published October 2000 by Duke University Press.

In Powerless by Design Michel Feher addresses Western officials' responses to post-Cold War conflicts and analyzes the reactions of the Left to their governments' positions. Sometime in the early 1990s, Feher argues, .

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In Powerless by Design Michel Feher addresses Western officials’ responses to post–Cold War conflicts and analyzes the reactions of the Left to their governments’ positions. Sometime in the early 1990s, Feher argues, U.S. and European leaders began portraying themselves as the representatives of a new international community. In that capacity, they developed a doctrine that was not only at odds with the rhetoric of the Cold War but also a far cry from the “new world order” announced at the outset of the decade. Whereas their predecessors had invested every regional conflict with an ideological stake, explains Feher, the representatives of this international community claimed that the crises they confronted did not call for partisan involvement. Exemplary of this new approach were Western responses to ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia and genocide in Rwanda. In order to avoid costly interventions, U.S. and European leaders traced these crimes to ancient tribal enmities and professed that the role of the international community should be limited to a humanitarian, impartial, and conciliatory engagement with all the warring parties. They thus managed to appear righteous but powerless, at least until NATO’s intervention in Kosovo. Faced with this doctrine, both the liberal and radical wings of the Western Left found themselves in an uneasy position. Liberals, while lured by their leaders’ humanitarianism were nonetheless disturbed by the dismal results of the policies carried out in the name of the international community. Conversely, anti-imperialist militants were quick to mock the hypocrisy of their governments’ helpless indignation, yet certainly not prepared to demand that Western powers resort to force. Are we still in this “age of the international community”? Feher shows that with NATO’s intervention in Kosovo, both liberal and radical activists suddenly found their mark: the former welcomed the newfound resolve of their governments, while the latter condemned it as the return of the imperialist “new world order.” For Western leaders, however, the war against Serbia proved an accident rather than a turning point. Indeed, less than a year later, their indifference to the destruction of Chechnya by Russian troops suggested that the discursive strategy exposed in Powerless by Design might remain with us for quite some time.
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Ynonno
Michel Feher's Powerless by Design convincingly argues that the liberal and radical Western Left failed to appropriately analyze the Bosnian and Rwandan genocides--before, during, and after they occurred. In both instances, argues Feher, the various wings of the Western Left reacted to Western governmental policies without thinking their arguments through. Mitterrand in France initially viewed Milosevic as a necessary evil for regional stability and similarly viewed Habyarimana's regime in Rwanda as a "protégé" of France. In both cases, Western governments described the situations as "ethnic conflict" instead of politically motivated power plays by political leaders. The result, according to Feher: "a strong reluctance to intervene forcefully, and an equally powerful desire to conceal their pusillanimity" (63). Feher has two goals, to reveal the West's hypocrisy with regards to its insistence that it was "powerless" to act to stop the genocides and to chastise the left for not seeing through the hypocrisy. Tragically, Feher shows his readers that far from being powerless, the West actually helped to create the horrors of both genocides: "in short, true to its self-fulfilling capacities, the doctrine of the international community had been instrumental yet again not in remedying an ethnic conflict but in creating one" (109). He argues throughout this short indictment that the real answer is to attack genocide and ethnicist policies, to fight for justice and to be skeptical of arguments that pay homage to "deep ethnic hatreds."

Danrad
I enjoyed and critiqued this book in 2002, sending it off to publish just before the twin towers were brought down by "terrorists" the nameless fear-inspiring bogeymen of 2000 decade. Just before that and throughout the 1990s, it was "ethnic conflict" that paralyzed us -- to the point of helplessness -- or so it seemed. This is the thrust of Michel Feher's arguments in Powerless by Design, a thesis i deeply concur with. His treatment is slightly sophisticated, especially for those unused to reading postmodern-style text with a heavy emphasis on "discourse" and its accompanying examinations of symbolic versus factual "truths." It's also a fairly summary treatment of the topics which span both the foreign policy vacillations of "the West" (US, France, UK and others) toward "the Balkans" and "Rwanda" and their genocidal tragedies of the early 1990s.

As a transitional time in world politics and an uncertain time in Western foreign policy, the 1990s era is a particularly insightful period to see the truisms of foreign policy generally -- that they are driven more by domestic political concerns than by actual factual happenings on the ground. Feher does this as well as anyone, certainly more penetrable than David Campbell, another well-published biggee on the subject in this era. Now it's up to us to take these lessons and apply them to the "war on terror" and other propaganda farces of the past 10 years.
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