Regional Diplomacy and Capacity Building
Program 1, Regional Diplomacy and Capacity Building is led by Dr Noel Morada, Director (Regional).
R2P, just like other international norms, does not automatically cascade into regions and in the domestic sphere. It needs to resonate and be internalized as part of the process of norm building at various levels. This is especially true in the Asia Pacific where most states still continue to cling to traditional conceptions of sovereignty and remain wary of UN initiatives that call their sovereign independence into question. In order to further embed R2P in domestic and regional institutions for long term sustainability, the Centre's Regional Diplomacy and Capacity Building program aims to:
1) design and deliver training and high-level seminars on R2P and mass atrocities prevention at the national and local/community levels in the Asia Pacific region;
2) conduct research and facilitate national and regional dialogues on issues related to the implementation of the norm, including debate on R2P and regime change, especially in the aftermath of issues surrounding NATO’s intervention in Libya and the ongoing crisis in the Middle East;
3) identify and foster opportunities to mainstream R2P in regional frameworks and institutions by engaging with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), as well as the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Read more....