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№26: Libya and Syria: Responsibility to Protect at a Crossroads
№26: Libya and Syria: Responsibility to Protect at a Crossroads

Author(s): Rafał Tarnogórski
Subject(s): Governance, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy, Geopolitics, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Libya and Syria; Arab Spring; international relations; crisis; military intervention;
Summary/Abstract: The Arab Spring, especially the developments in Libya and Syria, revealed the persistent problem of a lack of appropriate and legally acceptable measures the international community could use to intervene in specific countries where people die because of violent acts by the authorities there. Although Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is seen as a new idea, it can be regarded as a manifestation of a trend that has already begun to affect the present but will have a major impact in the future. When the intervention in Libya started, it seemed that the importance of R2P would grow and exert increasing influence on international relations. The real significance of the UN response to the Libyan crisis was that for the first time the implementation and representation in practice of the R2P concept became real. However, it is quite clear now that the current Syrian crisis can serve as a catalyst for discussion on the necessary conditions for a military intervention, thus either strengthening the underlying trend of R2P or blocking it for years.

  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: English