Non-Interventionism – the Forgotten Doctrine

A Paper by John Laughland, Director of Studies, Institute of Democracy and Cooperation (Paris), delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 26, 2014

I would like to draw attention to a specific characteristic of Western-backed regime change as it has been practised in recent years and decades. In nearly all cases, regime change has been accompanied by criminal prosecution of the old regime. To take just the most recent cases, Western intervention in Ukraine has been accompanied by a decision to put Ukraine under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court for the period 21 November 2013 - 22 February 2014. This means that the ICC will be able to prosecute the old Yanukovich regime for war crimes but not the new government, even though the new regime has fighting a war since April whereas Yanukovich never fought one at all.

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