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Theorising the Responsibility to Protect

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Ramesh Thakur, William Maley, Gareth Evans, Charles Sampford, Amitav Acharya, Tim Dunne, Michael Byers, Edward Newman, Abiodun Williams, Jean-Marc Coicaud, Alex J. Bellamy, Jonathan Graubart, Mats Berdal, Susan Harris Rimmer, Jacinta O'Hagan, Siddharth Mallavarapu
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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107621947

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  • One of the most important developments in world politics in the last decade has been the spread of the idea that state sovereignty comes with responsibilities as well as privileges, and that there exists a global responsibility to protect people threatened by mass atrocities. The principle of the Responsibility to Protect is an acknowledgment by all who live in zones of safety of a duty of care towards those in zones of danger. Thakur and Maley argue that this principle has not been discussed sufficiently in the context of international and political theory, in particular the nature and foundations of political and international order and the strength and legitimacy of the state. The book brings together a range of authors to discuss the different ways in which the Responsibility to Protect can be theorised, using case studies to locate the idea within wider traditions of moral responsibilities in international relations.

    • Wide-ranging and including a diverse range of theoretical issues, the book covers territory largely untouched by other books concerned with the Responsibility to Protect
    • The contributors to the volume represent the leading specialists in this field
    • The theoretical discussions are grounded in real life case studies, and include critical contemporary crises such as Libya and Syria
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Practice sometimes outpaces norms, or vice-versa; but whatever the sequencing, theorizing is invariably farther behind still. Thakur and Malley have assembled a distinguished but distinctive and diverse group of soloists rather than harmonious choristers. Powerful and persuasive essays are the result, everything you wanted to know about R2P and were afraid to ask."
    Thomas G. Weiss, Graduate Center, City University of New York

    "This thought provoking set of essays by leading thinkers on the prospects and challenges of R2P will interest anyone who cares about innovative and consequential ideas in global political affairs."
    Taylor B. Seybolt, Associate Professor and Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security, University of Pittsburgh

    "What makes this book stand out … is the exhaustive coverage of the various ways in which R2P is linked to international and political theory, in order to explain how it shapes the political and international order … this is, in sum, a superbly integrated edited volume. It does an excellent job unfolding the philosophical and practical debates on R2P, which makes it a must-read for practitioners, academics and students interested in this salient topic."
    Cristina G. Stefan, International Affairs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107621947
    • length: 353 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 162 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Context:
    1. Introduction. Theorising global responsibilities Ramesh Thakur and William Maley
    2. The evolution of the Responsibility to Protect: from concept and principle to actionable norm Gareth Evans
    3. From the right to persecute to the Responsibility to Protect: Feuerbachian inversions of rights and responsibilities in state-citizen relations Charles Sampford and Ramesh Thakur
    4. R2P and a theory of norm circulation Amitav Acharya
    Part II. The Responsibility to Protect, Normative Theory, and Global Governance:
    5. Responsibility to Protect and world order Tim Dunne
    6. International law and the Responsibility to Protect Michael Byers
    7. The Responsibility to Protect, multilateralism and international legitimacy Edward Newman
    8. Global governance and the Responsibility to Protect Abiodun Williams
    9. International law, the Responsibility to Protect, and international crises Jean-Marc Coicaud
    10. The Responsibility to Protect and the just war tradition Alex J. Bellamy
    11. War is not the answer: R2P and military intervention Jonathan Graubart
    Part III. The Responsibility to Protect and International Social Purposes:
    12. United Nations peacekeeping and the Responsibility to Protect Mats Berdal
    13. Humanitarian law, refugee protection, and the Responsibility to Protect William Maley
    14. Is the Responsibility to Protect doctrine gender-neutral? Susan Harris Rimmer
    15. The Responsibility to Protect: a western idea? Jacinta O'Hagan
    16. Colonialism and the Responsibility to Protect Siddharth Mallavarapu.

  • Editors

    Ramesh Thakur, Australian National University, Canberra
    Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at The Australian National University, Canberra. Formerly Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, he is editor-in-chief of Global Governance and a member of the editorial board of Global Responsibility to Protect. Among his many books are The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge, 2006) and The Responsibility to Protect: Norms, Laws and the Use of Force in International Politics (2011).

    William Maley, Australian National University, Canberra
    William Maley is Professor of Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at The Australian National University, Canberra and a member of the editorial board of Global Responsibility to Protect. He has co-edited The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Cambridge, 1989) and Russia in Search of its Future (Cambridge, 1995).


    Ramesh Thakur, William Maley, Gareth Evans, Charles Sampford, Amitav Acharya, Tim Dunne, Michael Byers, Edward Newman, Abiodun Williams, Jean-Marc Coicaud, Alex J. Bellamy, Jonathan Graubart, Mats Berdal, Susan Harris Rimmer, Jacinta O'Hagan, Siddharth Mallavarapu

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