The Operational Dimensions of Intervention

Tasneem Jamal

On September 5 and 6, 2002, 24 participants from government (Department of National Defence, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canadian International Development Agency) and civil society gathered to explore the operational
dimensions of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) report entitled The Responsibility to Protect.

This was the third of four Ploughshares events designed to examine the issue of protecting civilians in desperate circumstances. The first Ploughshares seminar, held in April 2001, focused on non-military methods of intervention, which could and should be undertaken by the international community, to protect and assist vulnerable populations; and the second, held in June 2002, explored the ethical and theological dimensions of the “responsibility to protect.”

The last session will focus on the legal issues associated with the Report, and will take place in the coming months. All but the first seminar focus on the recommendations from the ICISS report.

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