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Alex J. Bellamy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198704119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704119.001.0001

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Diplomacy, Peacekeeping, and the Distractions of Protection

Diplomacy, Peacekeeping, and the Distractions of Protection

(p.170) 9 Diplomacy, Peacekeeping, and the Distractions of Protection
The Responsibility to Protect

Alex J. Bellamy

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how R2P considerations can complicate already difficult questions about how to use diplomacy to end violent conflict and the roles given to peacekeepers. It suggests that while both these activities are key tools in the protection of populations, they can be complicated by the addition of R2P related demands. For example, the requirement to end impunity might make it more difficult for diplomats to persuade leaders responsible for mass atrocities to end the violence. Likewise, the local cooperation upon which UN peacekeepers depend might be threatened should peacekeepers be expected to pursue all those thought responsible for perpetrating atrocities. The final part of the chapter examines ways of overcoming or managing these complications and identifies five potential pointers that might help to navigate through the dilemmas.

Keywords:   diplomacy, negotiation, peacekeeping, protection, UN

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