The context in which intervention operations take place also has important operational significance. Military intervention to protect endangered human lives should and will occur only as a last resort, after the failure of other measures to achieve satisfactory results. Inevitably, it will be part of a broader political strategy directed towards persuading the targeted state to cooperate with international efforts. Any intervention to protect will thus be preceded by a series of efforts to prevent the use of force. Some of these preventive steps may include the employment of military forces, but definitely not on the territory of a state which did not consent to the temporary stationing of foreign forces within its boundaries.


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