Regional Diplomacy and Capacity Building
Program 1, Regional Diplomacy and Capacity Building is led by Dr Noel Morada, Director (Regional).
Like other international norms, R2P does not automatically cascade into regions or the domestic sphere. For it to be effective, R2P needs to resonate and be internalised as part of the process of norm-building at various levels. This is especially true in the Asia Pacific, where most states continue to cling on 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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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).
The Regional Diplomacy and Capacity Building Program seeks to carry forward recommendations from the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Study Group on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) (2010-2011), which identified a regional consensus on the R2P principle and pathways to implementation by regional arrangements. Since the introduction of the ASEAN Charter, there is growing evidence that regional engagement with R2P is likely to become stronger. Not least, ASEAN’s Political and Security Community, the AICHR, the emerging Indonesian-led Institute for Peace and Reconciliation and the Association’s diplomacy with regards to Myanmar and the Thai-Cambodian conflict offer opportunities for developing regional capacities for implementing R2P. This project will facilitate dialogue among officials from ASEAN member states and the UN about potential pathways for implementing R2P in the region and deepening relations between the UN and the Asia Pacific region.