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The Responsibility to Protect: A Defense

Alex J. Bellamy


As recent events in Syria, Darfur and elsewhere show only too well, genocide and mass atrocities is a recurrent problem in world affairs. Despite repeated pleas of ‘never again’, the international community has struggled to find a meaningful way of preventing these crimes and protecting vulnerable populations. A breakthrough was reached in 2005, however, when world leaders agreed the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) principle and promised to protect their own populations from these crimes and step in to offer protection to populations when their own state fails to do so. Since then, progress ... More

Keywords: Genocide, mass atrocities, protection, United Nations, responsibility to protect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704119
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex J. Bellamy, author
Professor of International Relations, The University of Queensland