Regime change through force? The temptation to prosecute an all-out war between the Sudans should be resisted on all sides

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2012 Volume 33 Issue 2 The secession of the Republic of South Sudan from the Republic of Sudan in July 2011 did not resolve the complex issues left over from the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) process that took effect in 2005. The past year has brought intensifying military confrontations in disputed border areas, …

Familiar Opening Scenes: Libya is rid of Gadhafi, but will Canadian Forces soon be bogged down in another Afghanistan?

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2011 Volume 32 Issue 3 It may be churlish to begrudge Prime Minister Harper some self-congratulatory hyperbole for the Canadian military’s contribution to the civil war in Libya. On August 21, the rebel forces, supported by NATO airstrikes since March, swept the capital of Tripoli. Moammar Gadhafi and his regime were no longer …

Target Libya: Can air strikes protect civilians?

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2011 Volume 32 Issue 2 In the space of a few short weeks in February and March 2011 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) took the leap from diplomatic and economic preventive measures to sanctioning military intervention in Libya based on Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principles. Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from U.S. and …

Libya and R2P

John Siebert

Briefing 11-2 Author John Siebert The NATO implementation of a no-fly zone to protect Libyan civilians, which began on March 19, has now explicitly morphed into regime change by bombing runs. The intensive daylight bombing of Tripoli on June 7 and recent statements by Canadian government ministers confirm the fundamental confusion between the goals of civilian protection and regime change. …

Africa and the Roots of Responsibility to Protect

Tasneem Jamal

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2009 Volume 30 Issue 4 It may surprise some Canadians that leading African spokespersons have embraced the responsibility to protect, or R2P, as a particularly African contribution to human rights standards. After all, Canada initiated the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) that led to the foundational report for the concept in …

Revisiting, and Reviving, the R2P

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr Published by Embassy, an Ottawa-based foreign policy weekly This week the UN General Assembly returns to the “responsibility to protect.” Since its formal adoption at the 2005 UN Summit meeting, R2P has been a doctrine honoured rather more in principle than in practice, but earlier this year UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon produced a major report, “Implementing the …

“Never Again” Does Not Apply to Sudan

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2009 Volume 30 Issue 2 As I flew over the dusty, endless tracts of uninhabited land from Juba to Wau last September the thought nagged at me: the international community will never ride into Sudan on a white charger to deliver the suffering civilians from their misery in Darfur. No rallying cry “Never again” …

Darfur and the Responsibility to Protect

John Siebert

Author John Siebert The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2006 Volume 27 Issue 4 A parliamentary debate on 3 October 2006 on the situation in Sudan illuminated the difficulties in implementing the international community’s growing commitment to protect vulnerable people in Darfur. It also revealed the challenge for Canada and other UN member states that are advancing the “responsibility to protect” as a …

Darfur and the Responsibility to Protect

Tasneem Jamal

Letter from Project Ploughshares to members of Parliament. 2 October 2006 To Members of Parliament: As you prepare for a debate on Darfur, Sudan, in Ottawa on 3 October 2006, the importance of the international community’s increasing commitment to the responsibility to protect vulnerable populations should guide your deliberations. Project Ploughshares joins with others in Canada and around the world …

Crisis in Darfur: Canada, other UN members must move to protect civilians

John Siebert

Author John Siebert Published by The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario) The parliamentary debate of Oct. 3, regarding the crisis in Sudan, illuminated the difficulties in implementing the international community’s growing commitment to protect vulnerable people in Darfur. It also revealed the challenge for Canada and other members of the United Nations which are advancing the “responsibility-to-protect” approach as a recognized legal …