The responsibility to protect and the crisis in Darfur

Williams, Paul D. and Bellamy, Alex J. (2005) The responsibility to protect and the crisis in Darfur. Security Dialogue, 36 1: 27-47. doi:10.1177/0967010605051922

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Author Williams, Paul D.
Bellamy, Alex J.
Title The responsibility to protect and the crisis in Darfur
Journal name Security Dialogue   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0967-0106
1460-3640
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0967010605051922
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 27
End page 47
Total pages 21
Editor J. Peter Burgess
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject CX
360100 Political Science
Abstract Governments that have endorsed the 'sovereignty as responsibility' approach have shown little inclination to protect civilians suffering at the hands of their own government in the Sudanese province of Darfur. After providing an overview of Darfur's crisis and international society's feeble response, we explore why the strongest advocates of 'sovereignty as responsibility', the NATO and EU states, failed to seriously contemplate military intervention. We suggest that three main factors help explain the West's unwillingness to intervene in Darfur: increased scepticism about the West's humanitarian interventionism, especially after the invasion of Iraq; Western strategic interests in Sudan; and the relationship between the crisis in Darfur and Sudan's other civil wars. We conclude that the emerging norm of humanitarian intervention remains weak and strongly contested, and that advocates of the 'responsibility to protect' approach have yet to persuade their governments to help save populations in danger.
Keyword Sudan
Darfur
Intervention
United Nations
African Union
Intervention
Q-Index Code CX

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