I would suggest that what underlies the increased appetite in intervening abroad is the acquisition of new forms of power.
Richard Drayton is a historian and the Rhodes professor of Imperial History at King's College London.
He was a lecturer at Cambridge in 2001 in imperial and extra-European history since 1500, and was a visiting professor of history at Harvard University in 2009.
Professor Drayton is a recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for History, which he was awarded in 2002. He is a co-editor of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies series, which is published by Palgrave-Macmillian, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.
Professor Drayton lent a historical perspective on imperial logic and the connection between power and intervention.
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