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Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament Policy Brief  No.189 - May, 2024 • By Ramesh Thakur

Policy Brief No.189: Reflections on R2P as a New Normative Settling Point

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This Policy Brief is a reflection on the origins, progress, setbacks, and current status of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), the international community’s organising principle for responding to the threat or outbreak of mass atrocity crimes inside sovereign jurisdictions. While the articulation, refinement, institutionalisation, and consolidation of such a norm is one thing, the question remains: has R2P made a difference in practice? This question is addressed by Ramesh Thakur, a former UN assistant secretary-general, and a Commissioner and one of the principal authors of R2P.

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