International Relations on the Affairs of Other Nations


Most of the nation’s globally especially the western countries have involved themselves in the affairs of other countries most probably the developing countries. However, most of the country’s participating in the affairs of other nations have worked under the umbrella of humanitarian intervention with the aim of assisting the weak nations from suffering in the hands of other countries and for the sake of protecting the lives of innocent people in those nations like the intervention in Congo (Badescu, 354-374). These issues have brought some international debates across all the countries over its legality and whether it is effective and should be left to continue. Most of the nations have taken advantage of this freedom and have done a lot of adversities like the rape cases in Congo intervention. However, for the sake of the less fortunate nations who cannot support themselves from the effects of the external forces like terrorism and others, the essay will support the fact that the international community should involve itself in the international affairs wracked by civil wars and internal strife (Bellamy, 30).

First, the human intervention primary role is to save lives and also stop human suffering as coined by the international commission of intervention and state sovereignty (ICISS). These are contrary to the misconception that has been spreading that the intervention does not do its role but rather worsen the situation and seeks for power in the name of assisting the people (Blandine, 42). Perhaps, what could have been the fate of some nations without international involvement? This association has restored the democracy of some countries like Libya and others like Uganda during the rule of a dictator Idi Amin Dada who made many people suffer by killing the innocent citizens and also persecution of the missionaries. Without the interventions of the foreign states, the freedom that people are enjoying today would have been long gone. Ideally, without number, the United Nations through human intervention initiative have assisted several nations to recover their original states and thus should be allowed to continue (Evans & Pape, 199-254).

Secondly, the international community should be allowed to intervene since this will remove the reign of the potential aggressors and the atrocities. The crime or genocide that happened in Rwanda in the year 1994 where one million people in these nations lost their lives. The fight was between two tribes and lead to the suffering of even the innocent. It was one of the darkest moments on the face of humanity globally, and for this reason, the ICISS was marshaled to end the war through the establishment of NATO which intervened in Rwanda and ended the massacre. The Canadian government asked the commission to make sure that the same incident does not happen again where the people were being butchered like animals. For these reasons, the international community should be allowed to exist and aid the society and stop any aspect that is going against the human rights as stated by the United Nations communities thereby emphasizing the importance of people in the society since some societies were not able to see and respect the people around them especially the poor and less fortunate.

The international community responsibility is to take a timely and considerate decision to make sure that the population are safe and are protected from the crimes mentioned by the human rights even when the government in office is doing nothing towards the situation (Western & Goldstein,41-59). For example, the cases that happened in Libya where the people were being mistreated and the government lead by President Gadafi could not respond and assist the people. The council had to use force to end the atrocities in Libya where the citizens were being mistreated by the dangerous groups in the society, and the government was doing nothing to remedy the solution. The united nation council had to come to an end the suffering of people by removing the reign of the Libyan president.

The international community had a mandate to join forces with the existing governments and states to protect the countries from atrocities. For example the intervention of the American on the Russo- Japanese war that took place in the years between 1904 to 1905. The primary role of this response was to protect China from being encroached by the determinant states like the Russians and Japanese states (Janus, 24-31). The process of the United States protecting China from the other nations was very successful, and the Americans continued to intervene, and this time the purpose was to strengthen China economically and politically to make it reliable and more powerful thereby making the encroachers face a lot of challenges in the process. These explain vividly that the importance of the international community whose role is to protect the weak nations from other states who may seek to take over the leadership.

Similarly, the intervention of the United States of America to stop the spread of communist control across the world especially the nation wrecked down. Most of the nations in the west had suffered from the rule of the communist people and their resources taken from them while watching. The communist ruling systems were through dictatorship where the people’s rights were not observed. The group encouraged the traits like corruption, war and also tribalism among the people and most of the countries did not like the move, and they supported the United States of America in putting an end to the communist rule in the most nations of the world. In the first states, the United States failed tremendously due to the fact the other countries did not realize the effect of the rule. However, things went on well when the governments wanted to free their people from slavery, foreign control, and corruption that were being implanted by the communist. The states joined hands together and removed the communist society in their nations (Western & Goldstein, 48-59).

The most involving intervention conducted by the United States of America was the one of stopping the communist-controlled forces that took place in Vietnam. The United States and close friends come together to support the non-communist governments from being attacked by the communist which were very much eager to unite the North Vietnam and South Vietnam under the umbrella of the Communist government. The legality of the United States and the allies to act was being affected by some kind of politics around and perhaps the supporters of the communist rule. The people opposing the intervention claimed that problems are a domestic fight between the communist and anti-communist Vietnam that does not need the aid or involvement of the United States of America. The proponents have their way to, and the help to the south was withdrawn as the United States took its military troops from the area as the communist take control of the Asian area. These have shown the effect of non-intervention for a zone which has led to the problems some countries faced.

The past wars crime in various nations has left wound and memories that do not fade away and comes when such things hit the memory of the victims (Janus, 24-31). Like the war and killings that happened after the disputed presidential election where several people were killed and several rendered homeless in Kenya. However, the war was not civil and did not last for long, but people were killed and some wounded severely. The war ended when the formerly united nation Secretary Kofi Annan came and organized for a peace talk between the leaders. Due to the conversation, a peace agreement was set, and the leaders agreed to share the power to satisfy the supporters who wanted each of the leaders to take the presidency. Perhaps, without the intervention of the United nation to send for a peace talk, the war would have continued until a time not known, and more people would have lost their lives just like the one that took place in Rwanda. The international community is imperative to maintain peace and harmony within the organization since the war may erupt any time.

Moreover, the issue of gender and the based sexual violence are eminent in the society today. Due to these, the international community should be on watch to check on these issues and help the victims from the hands of the wrong and unworthy people in the society (Weissman,194). These issues are still common in the wrecked nation where there is no enough security to protect the citizens from such traumas. To make sure that the people are safe from the attacks the international community should be allowed to intervene and place the orders. The nations like Uganda during the reign of Amin who violated the rights of many people of Uganda without feeling the effect and outcome. Most of the women in Uganda were raped and abused sexually by the officials working for Amin, and they could do repeat the act and counting the numbers. The united nation had to intervene to restore and heal the land of Uganda and remove the evil Amin from power and allow democracy and good governance for the benefit of the people.

The current pressure of the leaders in the quest to take office indicates that the war has not ended and hence the need for the international community to continue existing and more power added. Most of the presidential election in most of the countries in Africa has shown some signs of war and lack of peace. For example, the last election that took place in Uganda and perhaps in Zimbabwe where the two presidents have refused to quite an office. The citizens are not happy, and they need new leaders who would take them to the next level of prosperity (Pape,41-80). However, the incumbent’s refusal to leave office may trigger some wars among the people and the forces working for the president. Due to the presence of the international community in the universe to execute laws and order, the people or perhaps the leaders may fear to be seen triggering war, and this has promoted peace in most nations and hence maintenance of national cohesion. Therefore, the international community existence and operation is imperative especially to the developing countries.

The rules and the international criminal court (ICC) established to look and persecute any leader who has derailed the peace and instead have caused war among the is the most important structure that the United nation has ever established. Some dictators like the case of Sadam in Russia who was arrested and taken to court and later charged with a case of humanity. Moreover, most of the leaders have been taken to court and have been charged based on the costs without the favor of color or language. The court martial is also made up of several races to ensure that the judges exercise only the right and correct judgment.


The international intervention is an essential factor and should be allowed to take effect for as long the society exists. The western countries such as the United States of America have shown significant interested in helping save the lives of people in the demoralized and corrupt society, especially within the African countries. The effect of the intervention has been felt all over the nations globally with community speaking well of it especially the nations that were saved from the hands and pangs of war like Rwanda.The restoration of peace and the end of the vast killer in Uganda is as a result of the international community. Additionally, we have the civil war in Congo and some other nations beyond even Africa like China (Paddon, 322).

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