Conflict prevention and the responsibility to protect

Bellamy, Alexander J. (2008) Conflict prevention and the responsibility to protect. Global Governance, 14 2: 135-156.

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Author Bellamy, Alexander J.
Title Conflict prevention and the responsibility to protect
Journal name Global Governance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1075-2846
Publication date 2008-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 135
End page 156
Total pages 22
Place of publication Boulder, U.S.
Publisher Lynne Rienner Publishers
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
9403 International Relations
160607 International Relations
1606 Political Science
Abstract Although the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty identified the responsibility to prevent as the single most important aspect of its report The Responsibility to Protect, most scholarly and political attention has been given to the concept’s reaction component rather than to its prevention component. This article aims to correct this imbalance by examining progress with, changes to, and attitudes toward the responsibility to prevent since the publication of the commission’s report in 2001. It seeks to explain the relative neglect of prevention in debates about The Responsibility to Protect, arguing that the answer can be found in a combination of doubts about how wide the definition of prevention should be, political concerns raised by the use of prevention in the war on terrorism, and practical concerns about the appropriate institutional locus for responsibility. The article moves on to identify some basic principles that might help advance the responsibility to prevent.
Keyword Responsibility to protect
Conflict prevention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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