The Anatomy of Regime Change

by | Dec 6, 2014

What do all regime change operations have in common? RPI Board Member John Laughland explains to the “World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations” conference last month that all such interventions essentially include the criminal prosecution of the vanquished party. We have seen this most recently in Ukraine, Libya, Ivory Coast, against ISIS, and elsewhere.

But this is not a new phenomenon. This concept arises from the idea that one state has the right to punish another state, which began with Austria’s reaction to the assassination of the Archduke in 1914. This “punishment ethic” began the end of the concept of the sovereignty of states which had defined international relations for the preceding 400 years or so.

Watch Laughland’s fascinating presentation tracing the origins of the current addiction to intervention in any and every conflict or perceived conflict anywhere on earth:

(h/t Charles Burris)


  • Daniel McAdams

    Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-Producer/co-Host, Ron Paul Liberty Report. Daniel served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense/intel policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.

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