Program 3, Doctrine, Concepts and Inter-Agency Coordination is led by Program Convenor and Senior Researcher, Dr Phil Orchard.

2011 marked a milestone for R2P. The principle proved materially important in shaping missions in Cote d’Ivoire and Libya. The UN’s adoption of resolutions authorising these missions demonstrated the conceptual advance of R2P, but the controversies over how the missions have been carried out reveal ongoing contestation about how R2P ought to be applied in practice. In particular, NATO’s action in Libya has raised concern among Security Council members on the relationship between R2P and regime change. Brazil’s concept note on ‘responsibility while protecting’ calls for enhanced measures to exhaust peaceful means to protect civilians from mass violence, and outlines the need to develop procedures to monitor and assess the manner in which Security Council resolutions are interpreted and implemented, particularly when force is authorized. While guidelines cannot overcome disagreement among major powers, they can help introduce incremental changes to decision-making. The Centre's Doctrine, Concepts and Inter-Agency Coordination program seeks to advance understanding on the type of evidence needed to determine credible threat of mass atrocities, what analysis should be undertaken to justify that enforcement measures are a necessary last resort, and to delineate guidelines for overseeing responses to imminent atrocities. Read more.....

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