The Responsibility to Protect doctrine, or R2P, declares that a nation state’s sovereignty comes with the responsibility to protect its civilians from atrocity crimes. When a nation-state is unable or unwilling to fulfill this responsibility, then the responsibility transfers to the international community, which not only authorizes but requires others to intervene and protect civilians on humanitarian grounds.
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Think Further Questions
1. How do we measure the effectiveness of R2P since its success depends on something that doesn’t happen (a genocide, a war crime)?
2. What do you think of the R2P criticism that it’s a form of neo-imperialism?
3. Do you think the use of military force should be included in the R2P doctrine? Why or why not?
00:00 - The Problem
00:23 - The Explanation
01:04 - Definition of the Responsibility to Protect
01:25 - The History
02:34 - How It Works
04:22 - Why Care?
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