The problems do of course have a history (albeit multi faceted), and we can start with Imperialism and Industrialization. What happened is summarized in chapters 22 and 23, the ‘why’ and ‘for whom’ is not. Who benefits directly and indirectly from the quest for empire Who suffers Why do some states demand total sovereignty within their borders while impugning similar rights to others I might be controversial…what right have the international community (whatever that is) to raise issues of womens rights in Saudi Arabia One has to be careful of course, if sovereignty is paramount then crimes against humanity will flourish. I hope we understand that if we intervene to prevent genocide for instance, then the whole international system of sovereignty is challenged!!