Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7 p.m.
Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts
Determining whether, when, where and why to intervene to protect civilians caught in the cross-hairs of war increasingly is guided by the “responsibility to protect.” The March 2011 international military action sanctioned by the UN Security Council against Libya was a high water mark for R2P, the first such authorization against a functioning de jure government. But with high tides come high risks. Why the paralysis to address the bloodshed in Syria, where the death and suffering inflicted by the Bashir al-Assad regime are far worse? Is R2P now dead?
Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies; he is also research professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Past president of the International Studies Association (2009-10), Chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (2006-9), and editor of Global Governance (2000-5), he has authored or edited some 45 books and 225 articles and book chapters about multilateral approaches to international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development.
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