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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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Much Ado About Nothing?

Much Ado About Nothing?

(p.93) 5 Much Ado About Nothing?
The Responsibility to Protect

Alex J. Bellamy

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the claim that R2P has not had a meaningful impact on world politics. This claim in refuted is refuted in two ways—through a detailed study of decision-making leading up to the 2011 intervention in Libya and an examination of the new ways in which the international community responds to the problem of mass atrocities. In relation to the first, the chapter demonstrates the role played by R2P in decision-making over Libya, focusing in particular on how R2P-based arguments helped persuade the US administration to reverse its earlier hostility towards the potential use of force in Libya. In relation to the second, the chapter shows how R2P is beginning to reshape international responses to a range of protection-related crises and how the Security Council now routinely accepts its responsibility to offer what protection it can to vulnerable populations.

Keywords:   R2P, skepticism, UN, Libya, Syria, gender, Democratic Republic of Congo

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