The Responsibility to Protect captures a simple and powerful idea. The primary responsibility for protecting its own people from mass atrocity crimes lies with the state itself. But when a state is unwilling or unable to halt or avert such crimes, the wider international community then has a collective responsibility to take whatever action is necessary. The book emphasizes preventive action above all. Its primary tools are persuasion and support, not military or other coercion. But sometimes it is right to fight: faced with another Rwanda, the world cannot just stand idly by.
The Responsibility to Protect
Brookings Institution Press
Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All
Non Fiction /