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Responsibility to Protect

Prioritizing Human Security: Delivering a United Nations That Prevents Atrocities

Ulysses Smith | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Ulysses Smith

If the United States is to demonstrate its commitment to preventing atrocities, beyond mere rhetoric, it must lead by example and take decisive action to ensure the elimination of the veto power in atrocity situations. Taking up the cause of France's proposal would be a good next step.

Libya's Last Stand

Ethan Chorin | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Ethan Chorin

If there was ever a J.R.R. Tolkien moment in the Libya conflict, it has arrived. The forces of good and evil are fighting the future of Libya.

Both Israel and Hamas Have a Responsibility to Protect Civilians

Simon Adams | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Simon Adams

With ongoing rocket attacks on Israel and unrelenting retaliatory airstrikes in densely populated parts of Gaza, both Hamas and the Israeli government appeared to be potentially violating the fundamental laws of war.

"We Are Scared for Our Lives": On the Brink of Failure in the Central African Republic

Simon Adams | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Simon Adams

The deadly violence that has gripped CAR since December 2012 has spared no one. Government officials are targeted and killed, often in broad daylight and without sanction.

Breathless in North Korea

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Christine Ahn

While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.

The Scandal of Syria

John Feffer | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Today we confront the fallen world of Syria. Is this House of Cards territory where ambition and revenge battle for supremacy and there is nothing to do but watch the horrors unfold before our eyes? Or do we believe that, despite our own original sins, we Americans can don the white hat and fix things in Syria?

The UN, Rwanda and the 'Genocide Fax' -- 20 Years Later

Simon Adams | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Simon Adams

On this grim anniversary we should derive some solace from the fact that much has changed since 1994.

Nelson Mandela in Death, François Hollande in the Central African Republic, and Ali Zeidan in Paris

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What accounts for that greatness? What does it take to become a global icon, one mourned by the entire planet, one whose incalculable legacy many have already rushed in to claim?

Good Wars and Bad Anti-Wars?

Ian Williams | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Ian Williams

Accurate history is messy, because reality is messy -- and that is no more apparent than over Syria. The lines between good and bad are never as clear and bold as we would like.

The International Community's 'Responsibility to Protect' Should Include Climate Change

Brian Seavitt | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green
Brian Seavitt

The international community is still largely ignoring one of the most crucial human security issues of the 21st century: global warming.

The Devil Is in the Details: Where We Are With Syria

Heather Roff | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Heather Roff

We are exactly where we were in April of 2011. That is to say, Assad's killing machine continues, Russia's backing of the regime continues, and any political settlement is going to be bogged down in diplomatic squabbles.

A Memo to Syria: Sovereignty Is Not a Right, It's a Responsibility

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Joseph Amodeo

Failure to respond to the crisis in Syria will allow evil to beget evil. We cannot merely watch as the crisis in Syria spirals into further attacks on Syrian citizens and, in turn, draws the United States and the international community into an even deeper threat to global security.

An Open Letter to the Congress on Syria

Yassamin Ansari | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Yassamin Ansari

The potential negative consequences of intervention are many, but isn't the risk of letting Assad get away with using chemical weapons even greater?

Protection of Civilians Must be Priority in Syria

Tom Andrews | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Tom Andrews

With more than 100,000 people killed and more than six million displaced within Syria or to neighboring countries, the current approach has clearly failed. And the longer the war continues, the deeper sectarian hatreds will build, increasing the chances for mass atrocities and genocide.

How Obama Can Get Out of the Syrian Bind He's In

Ian Bassin | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Ian Bassin

President Obama is right to believe the world must respond to Assad, both for his chemical weapons usage and for his even more deadly indiscriminate killing of civilians for the past two-plus years. But we are a nation -- and ideally a world -- of laws and not of men.

The Syrian Reprisal

Heather Roff | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Heather Roff

That the Syrian regime used chemical weapons does not necessarily entail that the U.S. becomes the international judge, jury and executive to dole out punishments. Indeed, reprisals are subject to strict criteria.

A (Sort of) Red Line: Obama's Syrian Dilemma

Heather Roff | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Heather Roff

With the recent reports of the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons against its own civilian population, the United States faces a particularly...

Can Brazil Save the United Nations?

Simon Adams | Posted 10.12.2013 | World
Simon Adams

Brazil's campaign for permanent membership on the UN Security Council must project a vision of the UN in the 21st century that is about enhancing universal human rights and confronting global problems.

Who Will Fix the United Nations Security Council?

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.30.2013 | World
Robert Muggah

Not surprisingly, governments and civil societies at the sharp end of these missions -- especially in Africa, the Americas and Asia -- are demanding a greater say in decisions that affect them. Questions of international peace and security are frankly too important to be decided by five countries alone.

Killer SMS: Incitement and the Kenyan Elections

Simon Adams | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Simon Adams

Although hate speech may have been curtailed, campaigning along ethnic lines remains the standard operating procedure of Kenyan politics.

Emergent Powers: India, Brazil, South Africa and the Responsibility to Protect

Simon Adams | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Simon Adams

Those at risk of future mass atrocities need India, Brazil and South Africa to become Responsibility to Protect's champions and not sit on the sidelines of history. Indeed, their lives may well depend upon it.

A Diplomatic Surge for Syria?

Simon Adams | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Simon Adams

Last weekend's double veto should have put a nail in the coffin of the idea that Russian opposition to UN Security Council action in Syria was about post-Libya fallout and the "Responsibility to Protect." The veto was about arms, allies and power. Nothing more, nothing less.

Stopping Genocide: The Responsibility to Protect

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 03.21.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

For "Responsibility to Protect" to work, civil society must play the leading role in pressuring governments. They won't act unless we force them to do so -- consistently and with integrity.

The West Has a Duty Not to 'Intervene' in Syria

Tom Stevenson | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Tom Stevenson

We must invade Syria, because not to do so would make us culpable for violence, just as we must terrorise France as not to do so would prolong the war.

Syria: Burning Down the House

Don Kraus | Posted 01.22.2012 | World
Don Kraus

In the end, there must be a nonviolent means for Syrians to determine how they want to be governed. At this point, a robust referee role provided by their neighbors seems the best bet to achieve this