Responsibility to Protect: A Defense

Responsibility to Protect: A Defense

By: Alex J. Bellamy (author)Hardback

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The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle is the international community's major response to the problem of genocide and mass atrocities - a problem seen in Bosnia, Rwanda and more recently in Syria. This book argues that although it is far from perfect R2P offers the best chance we have of building an international community that works to prevent these crimes and protect vulnerable populations. To make this argument, the book sets out the logic of R2P and its key ambitions, examines some of the critiques of the principle and its implementation in situations such as Libya, and sets out ways of overcoming some of the practical problems associated with moving this principle from words into deeds.

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Alex J. Bellamy is Professor of International Relations at The University of Queensland, Australia and Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute, New York. Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at The University of Queensland. He is co-editor in chief of the journal Global Responsibility to Protect.


Introduction: A Defense of R2P ; 1. Atrocities in our Time ; 2. Legacies of Empire, Failures of Will ; 3. The Promise of R2P ; 4. The R2P Imperative ; 5. Much Ado About Nothing? ; 6. A Trojan Horse? ; 7. Double Standards? ; 8. Balancing Humanitarian Priorities ; 9. Diplomacy, Peacekeeping and the Distractions of Protection ; 10. Protecting Responsibly

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/10/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780198704119
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780198704119
  • weight: 490
  • ISBN10: 0198704119

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