Interventionism (politics)

Interventionism is "governmental interference in economic affairs at home or in political affairs of another country."[1] A government with a foreign policy of interventionism stands in contrast to one in favor of isolationism.

Multilateral interventions that include territorial governance by foreign institutions also include cases like East Timor and Kosovo, and have been proposed (but were rejected) for the Palestinian territories.[2]

In Japan, Abenomics was a form of intervention with respect to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's desire to restore the country's former glory in the midst of a globalized economy.[3]

Examples of foreign military intervention include the First Opium War (1839–1842) and Second Opium War (1856–1860) when the British Empire, driven by Adam Smith's free trade and by its loss of profits, used military intervention to force the Qing dynasty to sign various unequal treaties like the Treaty of Nanking and Treaty of Tianjin which allowed the British to continue smuggling opium into coastal parts of China.[4][5]

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Further readingEdit

  • Melissa M. Lee. 2020. Crippling Leviathan: How Foreign Subversion Weakens the State. Princeton University Press.


  1. ^ interventionism noun, Merriam-Webster.
  2. ^ Pugh, Jeffrey D. (2012-11-01). "Whose Brother's Keeper? International Trusteeship and the Search for Peace in the Palestinian Territories". International Studies Perspectives. 13 (4): 321–343. doi:10.1111/j.1528-3585.2012.00483.x. ISSN 1528-3577.
  3. ^ del Rosario, King (15 August 2013). "Abenomics and the Generic Threat". Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ Giraldez, Arturo (2001) . "Book Review: The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present" Journal of World History vol 12.2, 482–85 (online)
  5. ^ Hammond, Kenneth J. (2008) "From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History", The Teaching Company

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