The Responsibility to Prevent

Toward a strategy

Authored by: Lawrence Woocher

THE ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415600750
eBook ISBN: 9780203117637
Adobe ISBN: 9781136304873

10.4324/9780203117637.ch2

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Abstract

In discussions of mass violence and atrocities against civilians, the many benefits of prevention are so frequently acknowledged, they hardly need explicating. Prevention is repeatedly heralded as the most important aspect of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), and yet until recently surprisingly little of the scholarship or political discourse on R2P has focused on prevention. The very appeal of the concept, in fact, can obscure our ability to understand why a notion with such powerful logic is so difficult in practice.

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