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R2P and the US Intervention in Libya

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Introduction

This book argues that the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) the Libyan people played an important role in the U.S.’s decision to act, both in terms of how the language of deliberation was framed and the implementation of the actual intervention once all preventive means had been exhausted. While the initial ethos of the intervention followed international norms, the author argues that as the conflict continued to unfold, the Obama administration’s loss of focus and lack of political will for post-conflict resolution, as well as a wider lack of understanding of ever changing politics on the ground, resulted in Libya’s precipitation into chaos. By examining the cases of Rwanda and Darfur alongside the interventions in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, the book discusses how these cases influenced current decision-making with regards to foreign interventions and offers a triangular framework through which to understand R2P: responsibility to prevent, react and rebuild. 

Paul Tang Abomo is a Jesuit Professor of Political Science at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, Kenya.

Keywords

Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Humanitarian Law Interventions US Foreign Policy Sirya State Sovereingty

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  1. 1.Political ScienceHekima Institute of Peace Studies and International RelationsNairobiKenya

About the authors

Paul Tang Abomo is a Jesuit Professor of Political Science at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, Kenya.

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Reviews

“This book is essential reading for all who are concerned with the interaction of human rights, humanitarian norms, and security in global politics. It shows that the ‘responsibility to protect’ was inconsistently applied in Libya, and that a coherent pursuit of R2P remains both possible and indispensable today. An important contribution.” (David Hollenbach, S.J., Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor, School of Foreign Service, and Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, USA)