Category Archive: Humanitarian Intervention

Syria: intervention or diplomacy?

Abiodun Williams (President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice) reflects on the crisis in Syria and a possible humanitarian intervention. He also shares his take on the recent diplomatic progress between Russia and the US.… Continue reading

Making the case for Conflict Prevention

Abiodun Williams (President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice) makes a strong case for conflict prevention. He subsequently presents the six principles of the ‘The Hague Approach’ for sustainable peacebuilding in post-conflict… Continue reading

Abiodun Williams on the Responsibility to Protect

Abiodun Williams (President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice) reflects on the Responsibility to Protect and the main critiques it is facing at the moment. Dr Williams worked with then UNSG Kofi Annan when ‘R2P’… Continue reading

International reaction to chemical weapons use in Syria

Dan Smith (Secretary General of International Alert) reflects on the international response to chemical weapons use in Syria. And why it is very difficult for weapons inspectors to ‘prove a negative’. On September 13th,… Continue reading

Dan Smith: Why striking Syria is a bad idea

Would it be smart to issue a limited strike against the Assad regime in Syria in order to deter future chemical weapons use? Dan Smith (Secretary General of International Alert) shares his position.… Continue reading

Irene Khan on Afghanistan

Has the international community prioritized peace and stability over justice in Afghanistan? Despite massive international efforts, both peace and justice have remained elusive for large parts of the Afghan population. Irene Khan argues that the… Continue reading

Prospects for peace in Syria: arming the rebels?

What can Western governments do to promote peace in Syria? Should the EU send arms to Syrian rebels? And if so, to which ones? Mary Kaldor (Professor of Global Governance at the London… Continue reading

Hehenkamp on EU arms aid to Syria

Should the EU send weapons to the Syrian opposition? Arjan Hehenkamp (general director of Médecines Sans Frontières NL) explains how arms shipments could have disastrous consequences for the work of doctors in the civil war.… Continue reading

Kaldor on problems of peacebuilding

The record of UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding knows some devastating failures (Somalia, Srebrenica, Rwanda). In 2005, UNSG Kofi Annan acknowledged in ‘In Larger Freedom‘ that “roughly half of all countries that emerge from… Continue reading

Failures of Rule of Law promotion in Afghanistan

What have been the failures of Rule of Law-promotion in Afghanistan? Irene Khan describes how her organization tries to learn from past failures. Ms Khan is currently the Director-General of the International Development Law Organization. Before… Continue reading

Consequences of the BRICS for humanitarian intervention

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are growing more powerful. How will that affect global politics? These powers traditionally support a strong interpretation of sovereignty, territorial integrity and the principle of non-intervention.… Continue reading