The Politics of Responsibility to Protect
|Title||The Politics of Responsibility to Protect|
|Subtitle / Series Title||FES Dialogue on Globalization Briefing Paper|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Number of Pages||8 pp.|
The intricate process that led up to the appointment of a UN Special Adviser on R2P sheds a light on the political landscape surrounding the concept. Marc Saxer analyses the political environment and the strategies of the main actors in the struggle over this emerging norm. He points out some shortcomings of the concept and offers policy options to move the agenda. Saxer argues that it will be crucial to find a broad international consensus how to tackle mass atrocities in internal conflicts in order to overcome ideological debates that repeatedly block political decision making in cases where timely action is needed.The astonishing career of R2P in the international normative arena underlines the potential of the concept to overcome North South divides over the crucial question how to address mass atrocities in internal violent conflicts.