The origins of this book can be traced to my interest in questions of humanitarian intervention while I was a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. Thinking about those questions eventually led me to ask: what might come after humanitarian intervention? This book, which is based on my doctoral dissertation, considers the idea of trusteeship as one possible answer. Some of my earliest attempts to think about trusteeship in international society were presented in papers at the British International Studies Association Conference in 1999, 2000, and 2001, and at the International Studies Association Conference in 1999 and 2001. I also presented some of the ideas and arguments contained in this book at the Pan-European International Relations Conference in 2001 and to the Failed States and Global Governance Conference in 2000 and 2001, which was organized by Michael Stohl. These papers eventually evolved into essays published in Canadian Foreign Policy (1999) and Global Society (2001). Also, parts of Chapter 1 appeared in The Round Table (2003) and parts of Chapter 6 in International Relations (2003). I would like to thank all who were involved in these conferences, as well as the journal editors and reviewers, for their comments and suggestions on these papers.
I would like to thank the University of British Columbia for providing financial support for my doctoral research, and Mrs Alice Li, whose generous endowment of the Li Tze Fong Doctoral Fellowship also assisted me in that regard. I would also like to thank the faculty and staff of the Department of Political Science at UBC, where I began this project. Barbara Arneil, Kal Holsti, Brian Job, Sam La Selva, and Mark Zacher have all made very important contributions to this book. To each of them I offer my heartfelt thanks and gratitude. Thanks also to my fellow doctoral student, Mikulas Fabry, who has enriched my thinking in several ways. Since moving to the University of Glasgow, I have enjoyed the conversation of several of my new colleagues in the Department of Politics. I have been fortunate to discuss ideas explored in this book with Chris Corrin, Jane Duckett, Paul Graham, Michael Lessnoff, Andrew Lockyer, Sarah Oates, Barry O'Toole, and Alasdair Young. Alasdair has been exceptionally patient and supportive as I struggled to revise the manuscript into its final form. I am particularly grateful to Chris Berry, who made several very helpful suggestions that sharpened and focused the claims of this book.