- Global Ethics Weekly: Disaster Response & Ethics, with Malka Older
Former Senior Fellow Malka Older, a novelist and aid worker, details the ethical and logistical sides of disaster response, drawing on her experiences in Sri Lanka, Fukushima, and Darfur. Why are "rich" countries sometimes less prepared to handle earthquakes and hurricanes? How is disaster response different in the United States? And with Hurricane Michael affecting millions this week, what are some practical ways to help?
- A Conversation with Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire
In this inspiring conversation, Dallaire talks about his faith in the principle of R2P--"one of the great innovations of our time"--and how to go about actually implementing it; the tragedy of Rwanda; and most of all, his work to prevent the use of child soldiers.
- "Watchers of the Sky": Film Screening & Conversation with Luis Moreno-Ocampo
What are the challenges facing the International Criminal Court? How can it be more effective? Former ICC prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo explains.
- Thought Leader: Luis Moreno-Ocampo
"The new world, the 21st century is about global communication and global citizenship. I see this particularly in the young people."
- Dealing with "Enablers" in Mass Atrocities: A New Human Rights Concept Takes Shape
Because mass atrocities are organized crimes, crippling the means to organize and sustain them--money, communications networks, and other resources--can disrupt their execution, writes George Lopez.
- Blind to Reality: Invisible Children and the LRA
The Kony 2012 documentary is over a decade too late, says Steven Costello. Promoting a "save the children" storyline (complete with a Joseph Kony awareness bracelet for just $30) to whip up less-than-nuanced public awareness is not only unhelpful; it is dangerous.
- They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers
Child soldiers are a weapons system that is effective, cheap, and complete. How do we counter that? How do we make the use of children a liability? How do we stop people from reverting to using children as the primary weapons system of a conflict?
- Beyond Good Intentions: The Promise and Peril of Citizen Engagement with Foreign Policy
What were the accomplishments and failures of the U.S. grassroots movements that responded to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and how do these lessons apply to grassroots movements in general?
- The Promise and Peril of an Independent Republic of South Sudan
Many ask, "Will the newly independent South Sudan become a failed state?" But the real question is, "Can North Sudan remain a viable state without the South?" says Sudan expert Eric Reeves. Peace is far from guaranteed and both states face staggering challenges.
- Self-Determination and Conflict Resolution: From Kosovo to Sudan
Drawing on the International Court's judgment on the legality of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, Arbour examines the pursuit of self-determination in a range of situations, focusing particular attention on the upcoming referendum in Southern Sudan.
- Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Where Expectations Meet Reality [Full Text]
Scholars of RtoP need a much deeper understanding of both how norms evolve and the competing normative commitments that drive those who remain skeptical of endowing the international community with a responsibility to protect.
- The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam
More than half of the world's Muslims and Christians live along the tenth parallel in Africa or in Asia. How do these two great intersecting faiths interact?
- Should We Stop the Next Genocide?
Should the United States, as the world's greatest military power, use its might to prevent the next outbreak of ethnic violence from turning into a full-fledged genocide? The answer is not an easy one, writes security affairs analyst Erik Schechter.
- Briefly Noted [Full Text]
This section contains a round-up of recent notable books in the field of international affairs.
- Michael Doyle on Nonintervention and the Responsibility to Protect
What circumstances justify overriding sovereignty? Michael Doyle discusses the difficult questions surrounding nonintervention and the "unanimous revolution" of 2005, which led to the new norm known as the Responsibility to Protect.
- Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity
Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur, Congo, and more--since World War II, genocide has caused more deaths than all wars put together. Goldhagen analyzes how and why genocides start and proposes steps the international community can take to stop them.
- Pious Words, Puny Deeds: The "International Community" and Mass Atrocities [Full Text]
Most of the large-scale violence in the world will continue to occur within societies rather than between or among states. Yet the international community still has not developed the ethical-legal consensus or the institutions required to manage this terrible problem.
- HI-01-01 State Sovereignty and the Ethics of Intervention
This introduces a series of tensions: between order and justice in international society; between realist and liberal takes on humanitarian intervention; between current international legal and normative orders; and between thinkers commenting on the intervention issue over time.
- HI-01-02 Images, Empathy, and the Humanitarian Impulse
In this lesson we discuss the role of emotions in motivating the humanitarian impulse, and the role of media and elite in conditioning the way we view humanitarian crises and action.
- Alex Bellamy on the Responsibility to Protect
"This is just the beginning of the road for R2P," says Bellamy. "There are a lot of skeptics...but it is a principle that has commanded the support of 192 governments, and that creates a tremendous political impetus."