The Challenges Facing R2P Implementation

Authored by: Robert W. Murray


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

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


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Prior to 2001, the concept of security in an international context was undergoing a major alteration due to the idealism that pervaded in the wake of the Cold War. Throughout the years of the bipolar conflict between the US and Soviet Union, security assessments centred predominantly on issues such as nuclear arms, interstate threat evaluations, and national militaries. With the fall of the Soviet Union came a sense that it was time for security discourse to expand beyond the limits of Cold War security issues to become more broadly understood and include non-state variables and actors. A major contribution to this departure from a state-centric security debate, which reflects some of the calls for change in the post-Cold War security debate, is the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine. Though states, self-interest, and security are all included in the tenets of R2P, they are creatively redefined and altered to account for the more complex global security environment seen today.

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