R2P in the UN Security Council: Darfur, Libya and beyond

Gifkins, Jess (2015) R2P in the UN Security Council: Darfur, Libya and beyond. Cooperation and Conflict, 51 2: 148-165. doi:10.1177/0010836715613365

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Author Gifkins, Jess
Title R2P in the UN Security Council: Darfur, Libya and beyond
Journal name Cooperation and Conflict   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1460-3691
Publication date 2015-10-18
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0010836715613365
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 51
Issue 2
Start page 148
End page 165
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 1408 Strategy and Management
Abstract It has been argued that consensus on the responsibility to protect (R2P) was lost in the United Nations Security Council as a result of the NATO-led intervention in Libya in 2011. This argument assumes that there was more agreement on R2P before the Libyan intervention than there was afterwards. Yet, a close examination of the Security Council’s use of language on R2P shows the opposite: R2P was highly contentious within the Security Council prior to the Libyan intervention, and less so afterwards. Not only has the Council used R2P language more frequently since 2011, but also negotiating this language has become quicker and easier. To demonstrate this I compare negotiations on Darfur with deliberations during and after the Arab Spring. Resolution 1706 on Darfur was the first time the Security Council referred to R2P in a country-specific resolution – and indeed it was the only country-specific resolution to refer to R2P before 2011 – making it an apt point of comparison. Via focused analysis on how the language used in Security Council resolution evolves over time, this article demonstrates that the Council has found ‘agreed language’ on R2P that is acceptable to members, both for thematic resolutions and country-specific resolutions. Language on R2P in Security Council resolutions has shifted from contentious to commonplace.
Keyword Decision-making
Responsibility to protect (R2P)
United Nations Security Council
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 13 Apr 2016, 03:22:34 EST by Jess Gifkins on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies