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The Responsibility to Protect after Syria

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Thomas Pierret says: 23 Jul 2014 10:33

I disagree with Simon Adams: it is true that arming the opposition will not entail outright military victory, but not doing so (or more exactly forcing Gulf monarchies to stop doing so) will result in Asad moving back into rebel held areas and committing more atrocities. An even likelier outcome would of starving the rebels would be to encourage the Islamic State to move into the regions they control. In any case, however unrewarding, arming the rebels is an absolute necessity because the consequence of not doing it would be even worse than the current situation. - Thomas Pierret Lecturer in Contemporary Islam Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) University of Edinburgh

Anonymous user says: 21 Jul 2014 15:47

Yassin Al Haj Saleh comment re R2P after Syria presentation by Dr Adams: After the first Assadist war, 1979-1982, Syria was transformed from a republic to a monarchy, named Syria of Assad. Now if the regime is to win the Second Assadist War, 2011-..., the monarchy will be transformed to a racist entity far worse than previous South Africa, with Rwanda scale massacres, far more terrible than what we saw in the last 40 months. Yassin al Haj Saleh is a leading Syrian writer and winner of the Prince Claus award in 2012.He has had several articles published in international media.

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About this Event

11 Jul 2014 @ 12:45
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About the Speech:
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) outlines the duty of the State and the international community to prevent and halt genocide and mass atrocities. The ongoing conflict and humanitarian disaster in Syria has received much international attention but little international intervention. Dr. Simon Adams discussed the response of the international community to the current crisis and its implications for future crisis intervention.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Simon Adams is the Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, R2P, the world’s leading research and advocacy organization for advancing the international norm of the R2P at the United Nations and beyond. Dr. Adams has worked extensively with governments in Rwanda and elsewhere, and is a former anti-apartheid activist and member of the African National Congress. 

Theme: Foreign Policy and ESDP  Justice & Law  The Wider Europe 

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