General Announcements - October 22, 2010
New Book on Preventing Atrocity Crimes Features Chapter by Dr. Edward C. Luck
What can be done to combat genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity? A provocative new book on this topic, Mass Atrocity Crimes: Preventing Future Outrages, features a chapter by IPI Senior Vice President Dr. Edward C. Luck.
According to Dr. Luck, his chapter, “Building a Norm: The Responsibility to Protect Experience,”:
… looks at a piece of the evolution of the responsibility to protect (RtoP): the efforts of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a host of member states, and a cluster of determined advocates and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to advance its conceptual, political, and operational development over the course of 2008 and 2009. During that period (and since), this author has served as the Secretary-General’s special adviser on these matters. This chapter seeks to shed some light on the strategic and tactical choices that were made then to advance the development and acceptance of RtoP. At several points, the discussion addresses the origins and earlier development of RtoP, both because recent efforts at the UN build on them and because even the concept’s roots are disputed by some. In addition to telling the story of RtoP’s more recent adventures on the world stage, this chapter tests how well the classic model of norm development that Finnemore and Sikkink have posed holds up in this case.The book is published by Brookings Institution Press and is edited by Robert I. Rotberg.
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The Global Observatory
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November 28, 2013
Energy and Security in the Arctic: A New “Frozen” Conflict?
Is the Arctic a “region of cooperation,” or will competition for its potentially rich energy resources lead to conflict in the high north? This was the main question addressed during an expert workshop held in The Hague on November 28th by the International Peace Institute together with the International Gas Union and the Clingendael International Energy Programme.
November 22, 2013
Can Technology Play a Role in Drafting a Constitution?
The effects that new technologies can have on constitutional processes was the topic of this November 22nd IPI roundtable discussion. Approximately five new constitutions are written around the world every year, and their legitimacy is increasingly influenced by a new level of public participation in their drafting, not merely by a plebiscite on the final text. As rapidly advancing technology changes the way that governments and citizens interact, what role are new technologies playing in constitutions?
November 19, 2013
Haqqani: Pakistanis Need Honest Debate About Their Country
"We Pakistanis need an honest debate inside our country about what is Pakistan's national interest. We never have it,” said Hussain Haqqani, a former Pakistani diplomat and journalist, who was at IPI on November 19th to give a presentation on his latest book, Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding.