Thursday, June 16, 2011
On June 16, 2011 the Brookings Institution, in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Humanity United, hosted a discussion exploring the responsibility to protect (R2P) as well as the ongoing crisis in Libya and NATO intervention there.
The Libyan crisis has brought focus to the critical and complex issue of the “responsibility to protect” populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. In Libya and beyond, the international community has been faced with urgent tests of a hotly debated doctrine about when, where, and how nations should respond to populations threatened with the gravest international crimes. Now more than ever, real world events are being discussed in terms of the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine, which was adopted by all the world’s governments in 2005 and appeared explicitly in the 2010 U.S. National Security Strategy. UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized force in Libya, also invoked the responsibility to protect as part of its argument for action.
Director, Committee on Conscience
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Director, Iraq and Iran Program
United States Institute of Peace
Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Director,
Mass Atrocity Response Operations Project,
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution