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From Bombs to Diplomacy: the Parliamentary debate on Libya

The importance of diplomacy to resolve the Libyan crisis received prominent attention in this week’s debate on extending the protection mission in Libya,[i] but the Government still hasn’t bought into one basic reality – that right now the more urgent … Continue reading

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Libya, the regime change dilemma, and the Parliamentary Debate

There was all-party agreement in March on the House of Commons motion[i] in support of Canadian participation, for three months, in the UN-mandated protection mission in Libya, and while there are not sufficient grounds for withdrawing that support now, there … Continue reading

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R2P: cover for unilateralism or entrenchment of multilateralism?

Does the responsibility to protect doctrine (R2P) provide cover for unilateralist and imperialist adventures by major powers in pursuit of their own interests?  A new conference report[i] argues the opposite – that R2P’s strict requirement for UN-authorized collective intervention actually … Continue reading

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Employing “all necessary measures” in Libya

UN resolution 1973 authorizes states to take all necessary measures[i] to protect Libya’s civilian population, but given that “all necessary measures” is essentially UN-ese for military force, the one absolutely essential measure needed to protect civilians in the long run, … Continue reading

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Are R2P interventions as inconsistent as the critics charge?

Why Libya and not Zimbabwe, or Somalia, or Bahrain? Are decisions on the responsibility to protect made according to clear criteria and principles, or is the doctrine invoked only to advance big power interests? The first thing that must be … Continue reading

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Did R2P Conditions Prevail in Libya?

Was Libya on the verge of a major bloodbath in mid-March when the UN Security Council authorized intervention?[i] Or were the warnings of imminent mass atrocities simply part of the hype to justify military intervention by states looking for an … Continue reading

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An R2P Intervention in Libya?

By all accounts a “mass atrocity event”[i] is unfolding in Libya. There is less certainty as to whether the international community will find the means to respond. A group of NGOs under the leadership of UN Watch has issued an … Continue reading

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The responsibility to protect the people of Côte d’Ivoire

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect warns that “an escalation in the situation [in Côte d’Ivoire] could easily lead to the commission of mass atrocities….”[i] Protection is far from guaranteed, but the international  effort to date is serious. … Continue reading

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