Is 'Responsibility to Protect'... Responsible?

Mar 23, 2012

Today we examine the U.N. doctrine known as “Responsibility to Protect”.  It’s the idea that the international community must not tolerate crimes against humanity and has recently been invoked in such cases as Libya but not YET with Syria. Meanwhile, critics fear Responsibility to Protect opens the door to foreign influence in domestic conflicts and diminishes sovereign power.  


  • Bill Martel - A professor of International Security at Tufts University's Fletcher School and author of "Victory in War: Foundations of Modern Strategy"
  • Michael Contarino - A Politics and Society program director at UNH Manchester and Former Foreign Policy Advisor to former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson in 2008. He’s also published a number of articles about responsibility to protect.