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R2PCS contributes to New Book--Responsibility to Protect: The Global Moral Compact for the 21st Century PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 07:01
: The Global Moral Compact for the 21st Century (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008,

In 2005, the international community unanimously endorsed a revolutionary norm that has the potential to end genocide and other atrocity crimes in our time. Despite its endorsement at the highest political level and the general feeling of the American public that omething needs to be done to prevent and stop atrocity crimes, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is very much absent from public thinking and the political agenda in the United States. Written by a stellar cast of authors, this book informs the public and leadership about R2P and its potential. It will also influence the academic, community and political debates by providing crucial insights on how to move R2P from rhetoric to action.

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In this book, R2P Coalition Convenor Richard Cooper and Dr. Juliette Voinov Kohler bring together leading thinkers and practitioners to present a comprehensive overview of the Responsibility to Protect norm:

Foreword- Samantha Powers

Introduction: The Responsibility to Protect: The Opportunity to Relegate Atrocity Crimes to the Past- Richard Cooper and Juliette Vonov Kohler

Section 1 The Responsibility to Protect: Roots and Rationale
1. The Responsibility to Protect: From an Idea to an International Norm- Gareth Evans
2. Advancing the esponsibility to Protect Through International Criminal Justice- Cherif Bassiouni
3. In Our Interest: The Responsibility to Protect- Susan Mayer
4. Toward a Jewish Argument for the Responsibility to Protect- Aaron Dorfman and Ruth Messinger
5. Atrocity Crimes and their Relationship to the Responsibility to Protect- David Scheffer

Section 2 Where the Rubber Hits the Road: the esponsibility to Protect in Northern Uganda, Darfur, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And Iraq?
6. Was Iraq a Humanitarian Intervention? And What Are Our Responsibilities Today?- Kenneth Roth
7. The Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Story of Lost Opportunities to Prevent Deadly Conflicts- Herbert Weiss
8. Dealing with Atrocities in Northern Uganda- Mary Page
9. Spread Wide the Word: Organizing the Grassroots to End Atrocity Crimes- William Schulz

Section 3 - Moving the Responsibility to Protect from Rhetoric to Action: What It Means for Philanthropists, the United Sates and the International Community
10. Reaching Across Borders: Philanthropys Role in the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes- Adele Simmons and April Donnellan
11. Beyond Words: U.S. Policy and the Responsibility to Protect-Lee Feinstein and Erica De Bruin
12. Building Structures For Peace: A Quaker Lobby Offers Strategies for Peacemakers- Joe Volk and Scott Stedjan
13. Realizing the Responsibility to Protect During Emerging and Acute Crises: A Civil Society Proposal for the United Nations- Bill Pace, Nicole Deller and Sapna Chhatpar
14. Moving From Military Intervention to Judicial Enforcement: The Case for an International Marshals Service- Richard Cooper and Juliette Vonov Kohler


n an economically integrated world riven still by ethno-religious strife and political divisions, new norms for the behavior of nation-states toward their citizens are imperative. The volume edited by Richard H. Cooper and Juliette Vonov Kohler brings the global discourse on the emerging concept of the responsibility to protect to a new level. Not only does it state powerfully the moral and political case for R2P, it moves us toward a new understanding of what will be needed to gain wider acceptance and implementation of the principle. It defines more thoroughly and powerfully than any previous effort one of the most pressing tasks of a new era in world affairs.--Marshall Bouton, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

"These collected essays make a valuable contribution, changing the way we think about the emerging international justice system. The diversity of perspectives, the stature of contributors, and the depth of insight are impressive. Worthwhile reading for all those who are interested in this central issue of our time."--Jonathan Fanton, President, MacArthur Foundation

"The responsibility to protect is the most important shift in our conception of sovereignty since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. It is the foundation of an international order that recognizes the rights and responsibilities of individuals as well as states. This volume collects everything you need to know about the origins and evolution of the doctrine and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to think creatively and effectively about 21st century politics."--Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

"At a time where our nation must rethink its relationship to the world, this collection of essays written by a stellar cast of authors reminds us that in the end it is human decency, as expressed in the noble principle of the responsibility to protect, that must lie at the heart of our connection with our less fortunate brothers and sisters around the world. This book offers precious insights as to what we, as individuals, can do to make a difference, and end genocide and other atrocities in our time".--Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, MD, Co-Pastor, Bethel A.M.E.Church, Boston MA, Co-Founder, My Sister's Keeper, Director, Sisterhood For Peace, Chairwoman, Save Darfur Coalition.

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