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Foreign Policy in Focus
23 March 2009

As part of the Empire Strategic Focus, Foreign Policy In Focus asked several experts to weigh in on whether Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is an important step forward for the international system or a step backward to great power intervention, and how should the Obama administration approach this doctrine.

Shaun Randol, an independent research consultant and an associate fellow at the World Policy Institute, contributed an article entitled R2P: No Love in a Time of Cholera strongly embraced the new principle, while recognizing that it has yet to be invoked and operationalized:

Trevor Keck and Bridget Moix lead the peaceful prevention of deadly conflict program of the Friends Committee on National Legislation. They emphasized here that R2P is about prevention and explores the challenges for the US administration to move R2P from a concept to reality: see R2P: Focus on Prevention at

Kevin Fake and Steven Funk, co-authors of the book, "The Scramble for Africa: Darfur-Intervention and the USA offered a skeptical appraisal of R2P with their piece R2P : Disciplining the Mice, Freeing the Lions:

See a following dialogue between these authors on R2P at:

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