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Critical perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect : BRICS and beyond.
International Relations (2016)
  • Charles E. Ziegler, University of Louisville
The articles in this Special Issue derive from a conference on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) held under the auspices of the Center for American and Global Security at Indiana University–Bloomington, 15–16 May 2015. The studies in this issue variously explore the development of the R2P in the United Nations, assess the role of the International Criminal Court in bringing perpetrators of mass atrocities to justice, introduce a territorial dimension to R2P, and elucidate the current position of non-Western emerging countries, specifically the BRICS, on R2P. The most ardent advocates of the doctrine tend to be from the major English-speaking liberal democracies, although prominent African statesmen were also instrumental in promoting the concept. The Libyan experience prompted a reassessment of R2P, magnifying suspicions that the norm may be simply a Western strategy for enhancing influence and effecting regime change. The idea of state sovereignty as responsibility domestically, and the possibility of international assistance to regimes struggling to protect vulnerable populations, has widespread support in the non-Western world. Coercive measures against predatory regimes are not rejected wholesale, but the BRICS are suspicious of Western motives in advocating forcible intervention and justifiably skeptical that such interventions will do more good than harm.
  • BRICS,
  • humanitarian intervention,
  • International Criminal Court,
  • international law,
  • Responsibility to Protect (R2P),
  • United Nations
Publication Date
July 18, 2016
Publisher Statement
Published online before print, July 18, 2016.
Citation Information
Charles E. Ziegler. "Critical perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect : BRICS and beyond." International Relations (2016)
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