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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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The R2P Imperative

The R2P Imperative

(p.74) 4 The R2P Imperative
The Responsibility to Protect

Alex J. Bellamy

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the potential alternatives to R2P, which include establishing a world government, creating a league of democracies as an alternative to the UN, negotiating a new treaty for humanitarian intervention, and simply abandoning R2P and muddling through without it. It argues that R2P—with all its admitted limitations—is superior to each of these alternatives primarily because it does a better job of balancing sovereignty and human rights considerations and is therefore more likely to make the transition from idea to practice in a way that does not destabilize world politics. It concludes by setting out six key advantages offered by R2P: the global consensus it commands, its focus on responsible sovereignty, its clear framework for action, its focus on prevention, its determination to challenge ideologies of hate, and its summoning of a new global partnership.

Keywords:   UN, world government, democracy, norms, international law, international relations

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