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The Responsibility to Protect and Institutional Change

The Responsibility to Protect and Institutional Change Global Governance 23 (2017), 537–544 THE GLOBAL FORUM The Responsibility to Protect and Institutional Change Abiodun Williams IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT PREVENTING AND HALTING ATROCITY CRIMES IS AN ES- pecially urgent imperative in our times. Whether we consider the catastrophic civil war in Syria or the ongoing conflicts in Central Africa, even the most cur- sory glance at the news headlines reveals that concerted action is needed to en- trench an intolerance of atrocity crimes. Progress has been made over the past few years in making national and international policy instruments fit for pur- pose when it comes to preventing genocide and other mass atrocities against civilians. More fundamentally, no longer are heinous crimes against civilians dismissed as the inevitable, if tragic, consequences of conflict. In this brief essay, I explain why the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is significant, argue that it highlights the dynamic relationship between normative and institutional change, and enumerate the main obstacles to a consensus on the operational- ization of R2P. Although there have been major setbacks since 2005, R2P’s overall impact has been positive and claims that “R2P is dead” are premature. The Significance of the Responsibility to Protect At the 2005 World Summit, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

The Responsibility to Protect and Institutional Change

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-02304002
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Abstract

Global Governance 23 (2017), 537–544 THE GLOBAL FORUM The Responsibility to Protect and Institutional Change Abiodun Williams IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT PREVENTING AND HALTING ATROCITY CRIMES IS AN ES- pecially urgent imperative in our times. Whether we consider the catastrophic civil war in Syria or the ongoing conflicts in Central Africa, even the most cur- sory glance at the news headlines reveals that concerted action is needed to en- trench an intolerance of atrocity crimes. Progress has been made over the past few years in making national and international policy instruments fit for pur- pose when it comes to preventing genocide and other mass atrocities against civilians. More fundamentally, no longer are heinous crimes against civilians dismissed as the inevitable, if tragic, consequences of conflict. In this brief essay, I explain why the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is significant, argue that it highlights the dynamic relationship between normative and institutional change, and enumerate the main obstacles to a consensus on the operational- ization of R2P. Although there have been major setbacks since 2005, R2P’s overall impact has been positive and claims that “R2P is dead” are premature. The Significance of the Responsibility to Protect At the 2005 World Summit,

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2017

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