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A Critical Analysis of Western Intervention in Foreign Nations: A Case Study of Ukraine and Venezuela

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The end of the Cold War triggered the spread of multiparty politics across the global south and the former Soviet Union. The western democracies argued this form of governance would ensure the rule of law, human rights and constitutionalism. However, in the recent past a worrisome trend has emerged where these global powers support opposition leaders in order to oust legitimate but antagonistic elected leaders in foreign. More often than not, this political change is engineered in wanton disregard of the country’s constitution and the relevant provisions of international law. This geopolitical conundrum is portrayed by the purported ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine in 2014 and most recently President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. Despite being the duly elected leaders of their respective countries, they were illegitimately ousted opposition leaders supported by western powers. In the same vein, these political changes usually initiated using force contrary to the relevant provisions of the United Nations Charter and other relevant principles of international law. Furthermore, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has established a concrete body of jurisprudence on this subject matter though the same is yet to be codified in international law. Broadly speaking, this paper argues this practice is unequivocally illegal and equivalent to infringement upon the sovereignty and territorial integrity of these countries.

About the Author

Joseph Lutta
Anadolu University
Russian Federation

Joseph Lutta – Advocate, high Court of Kenya, Part time Lecturer, Pwani university

P.O. Box 95475-80106, Mombasa


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Lutta J. A Critical Analysis of Western Intervention in Foreign Nations: A Case Study of Ukraine and Venezuela. Russian Law Journal. 2019;7(4):30-72.

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