Does Foreign Military Intervention Help Human Rights?
This article examines the effect of foreign armed intervention on human rights conditions in target countries. It is argued that military intervention contributes to the rise of state repression by enhancing the state's coercive power and encouraging more repressive behavior, especially when it is supportive or neutral toward the target government. Results from bivariate probit models estimated on time-series cross-section data show that supportive and neutral interventions increase the likelihood of extrajudicial killing, disappearance, political imprisonment, and torture. Hostile interventions increase only the probability of political imprisonment. The involvement of an intergovernmental organization or a liberal democracy as an intervener is unlikely to make any major difference in the suggested negative impact of intervention. © 2012 University of Utah.
Political Research Quarterly
Peksen, D. (2012). Does Foreign Military Intervention Help Human Rights?. Political Research Quarterly, 65 (3), 558-571. https://doi.org/10.1177/1065912911417831