Africa and the Roots of Responsibility to Protect

Tasneem Jamal Africa, Defence & Human Security

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 …

Norms and the Responsibility to Protect

Tasneem Jamal

In December 2001, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) released its report entitled The Responsibility to Protect. Since its release, the report has generated mixed reactions. Critics point to its lack of clear or concrete guidelines and claim the document provides a legitimate platform upon which stronger states can intervene in the affairs of smaller, weaker states. …

Increased Security Spending Doesn’t Mean Increased Defence Spending

Tasneem Jamal

Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2002 Volume 23 Issue 4 While Canada should be upgrading its contributions to international peace and security, there are at least three reasons why such measures should not take the form of defence spending increases: Canadian defence spending in absolute terms is already substantial by global, rather than US, standards; Post-Cold War spending on …

The Ambiguities of Protecting the Vulnerable

Tasneem Jamal

Author Larissa Fast The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2002 Volume 23 Issue 4 Over the past six months, Project Ploughshares has organized several events designed to focus on various elements from the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) report entitled The Responsibility to Protect (2001). This report, summarized in the Spring 2002 issue of The Ploughshares Monitor (Fast 2002), modifies the …

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 …