The Responsibility to Protect: 'Precious Commitment' or a Promise Unfulfilled?

The Responsibility to Protect: 'Precious Commitment' or a Promise Unfulfilled? © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/187598409X405488 Global Responsibility to Protect 1 (2009) 114–132 www.brill.nl/gr2p Th e Responsibility to Protect: ‘Precious Commitment’ or a Promise Unfulfi lled? * Nicholas J. Wheeler and Frazer Egerton njw@aber.ac.uk and ff e@aber.ac.uk Received 15 October 2008, accepted 17 October 2008 Abstract Within a very short space of time the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ has moved from a concept developed by a small international commission to a crucial concept in world politics. As an eff ort to balance considerations of state sovereignty with humanitarian concerns, it is a highly innova- tive and promising normative development. Nonetheless, there are important diffi culties in both operationalising and entrenching it. Th ree of these are considered in this article: fi rst, the crucial contestation over the meaning of the concept; second, the failure thus far of the concept to sig- nifi cantly generate the political will to intervene; and fi nally, the diffi culties that persist in rela- tion to the question of where authority should reside for the use of force to prevent and end situations of humanitarian emergency. Keywords International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty; UN Security Council; Secretary-General High-Level Panel on Th http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Responsibility to Protect Brill

The Responsibility to Protect: 'Precious Commitment' or a Promise Unfulfilled?

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Brill
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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1875-9858
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1875-984X
DOI
10.1163/187598409X405488
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/187598409X405488 Global Responsibility to Protect 1 (2009) 114–132 www.brill.nl/gr2p Th e Responsibility to Protect: ‘Precious Commitment’ or a Promise Unfulfi lled? * Nicholas J. Wheeler and Frazer Egerton njw@aber.ac.uk and ff e@aber.ac.uk Received 15 October 2008, accepted 17 October 2008 Abstract Within a very short space of time the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ has moved from a concept developed by a small international commission to a crucial concept in world politics. As an eff ort to balance considerations of state sovereignty with humanitarian concerns, it is a highly innova- tive and promising normative development. Nonetheless, there are important diffi culties in both operationalising and entrenching it. Th ree of these are considered in this article: fi rst, the crucial contestation over the meaning of the concept; second, the failure thus far of the concept to sig- nifi cantly generate the political will to intervene; and fi nally, the diffi culties that persist in rela- tion to the question of where authority should reside for the use of force to prevent and end situations of humanitarian emergency. Keywords International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty; UN Security Council; Secretary-General High-Level Panel on Th

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Global Responsibility to ProtectBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON INTERVENTION AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY; PEACEBUILDING; SECRETARY-GENERAL HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON THREATS; CARNEGIE COMMISSION ON PREVENTING DEADLY CONFLICT; HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION; DARFUR; UN WORLD SUMMIT 2005; UNPREDEP; PREVENTION; SECURITIZATION; PREVENTIVE DEPLOYMENT; CHALLENGES AND CHANGE; UN SECURITY COUNCIL; MASS ATROCITIES; SOVEREIGNTY AS RESPONSIBILITY; KOSOVO; COPENHAGEN SCHOOL; USE OF FORCE; R2P LITE

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