On May 30, the London-based Henry Jackson Society is sponsoring a forum on "Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: What's Next?" featuring Michael Ignatieff, former leader of Liberal Party of Canada. Their description of the event, to be held at Westminster, expresses quite well their hatred for the Westphalian system of sovereign nation-states:
"The on-going crisis in Syria has once again thrown the role of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in conflict resolution into stark relief. In the 14 months since the Syrian revolution began on 15 March 2011, the UNSC has categorically failed to broker a meaningful resolution to the crisis... In large part, this impasse has been the consequence of the UNSC's failure to resolve a dilemma that has afflicted the UN system since its inception, namely how to respond when the commitment to respect state sovereignty conflicts with the responsibility to protect human rights.
"In 2006, the UNSC sought to resolve this dilemma by adopting the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). The R2P holds that external interference in the affairs of a sovereign state may take place if the government of that state has proven itself either unable or unwilling to put an end to large scale killing or ethnic cleansing of its citizens. Crucially, however, the R2P can only be authorised by the UNSC. In the case of Syria — in stark contrast to the case of Libya — that authorisation has not been forthcoming. What next, then, for the Responsibility to Protect?
"By kind invitation of Greg Hands MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Dr. Michael Ignatieff, former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and an influential figure on the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, which prepared the original report, The Responsibility to Protect. In what promises to be a truly enlightening occasion, Dr Ignatieff will be providing his insights on the development and implementation of the R2P, as well as what the future holds for this most controversial and important of international doctrines."
On Thursday, May 24, at the invitation of John Glen MP, the Henry Jackson Society is holding a discussion on "Intervention in Syria: Prospects for Success," with General Akil Hashem, a retired Brigadier General in the Syrian army, who is supposed to explain the feasibility of military intervention.
And on May 28, at the House of Lords, the Scoopers are sponsoring a briefing by Anne-Marie Slaughter, another big promoter of R2P who just recently left the Obama Administration.