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In terms of an intervention, legitimacy refers to the degree to which: (a) the operation is authorized by an appropriate international or regional body, and (b) the operation’s mandate and conduct


The power that one party has to influence the behavior of another.


A school of thought that argues that peace can best be achieved by the spread of democracy, freedom and equality, a market economy, the rule of law, and collective security.

Local Ownership

The notion that the affected country must drive its own development needs and priorities even if transitional authority is in the hands of outsiders. Also called host country ownership.