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“The Responsibility to Protect”: Nomocratic Conscience and Cold Reality

Published:2014-09-10 Published:2014-09-10   Author:Hai Zelong   [Small] [Middle] [Big] [More]

During the Libyan campaign,Western countries led by France and the United Statesinitiated theso-called humanitarian interventionunder the name of “the Responsibility to Protect” (R2P). They conducted military strikes, brought down the Libyanregime,only to havecaused a greater humanitarian disaster.The case of the Libyan campaign has demonstrated that the road of R2P from being a concept to a practice is bound to be bumpy, especially in terms of its implementation.As R2P is an important manifestation of the nomocratic conscience of the international community, the huge gap between the concept and the cold reality has triggered a flurry of reflections on its implementation. A series of suggestions have been proposed in order to further develop and perfect R2P over the course of a dialectic encounter between its concept and the reality.

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