Responding to Failure: The Responsibility to Protect after Libya

Christopher Edward Hobson

    研究成果: Article査読

    6 被引用数 (Scopus)

    抄録

    During its first decade in existence, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine has struggled to transcend the complexities that plague humanitarian action. This article examines the political challenges that shape the practice of R2P, as well as the discourse that informs it. It reflects on the constant presence of failure that haunts humanitarian intervention, and argues for a more humble stance on what is possible in such situations. Humility entails meditating on human limits, both physical and mental, which serves as an important guide in determining action. It promotes a more chastened position; one that acknowledges that right intentions might not lead to just outcomes, that there are real limits on the ability of external actors to understand or control events during and following an intervention, and that our ability to comprehend such complex situations should warn against premature judgements and confident conclusions. And when failure occurs, it means not denying or avoiding it, but facing it squarely and reckoning with the consequences. The value of adopting a more humble approach will be considered through examining the 2011 Libyan intervention, a significant case for the R2P doctrine. There, success appears to have been exchanged for failure, leaving challenging and unresolved questions about what this experience means for Libya and R2P.

    本文言語English
    ページ(範囲)433-454
    ページ数22
    ジャーナルMillennium: Journal of International Studies
    44
    3
    DOI
    出版ステータスPublished - 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • 政治学と国際関係論
    • 社会学および政治科学

    フィンガープリント

    「Responding to Failure: The Responsibility to Protect after Libya」の研究トピックを掘り下げます。これらがまとまってユニークなフィンガープリントを構成します。

    引用スタイル