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What will NATO contribute to the R2P dialogue at the UN General Assembly?
Ian Davis
NATO Watch
3 September 2012
Ian Davis is Director of NATO Watch, an ICRtoP member
Governments around the world are preparing for the General Assembly informal interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) to be held on 5 September. (…)
This provides an opening for the NATO Secretary General to speak in support of R2P, to relate NATO’s experiences from the Libya intervention of the importance of responding in a timely and decisive manner, and to convey how the alliance might further contribute towards UN efforts to strengthen the mechanisms available to protect populations from mass atrocities. 
The Secretary General could also reflect on the importance of how to protect responsibly at every stage of the implementation of R2P and how best to operationalize the norm within the alliance.
As someone who regularly speaks about the need to engage in dialogue on collaborative security efforts, this is a golden opportunity for Anders Fogh Rasmussen to make an important statement of intent – what do you say, Mr Secretary General?
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