Faculty Book: Thomas G. Weiss
Thomas G. Weiss and Don Hubert, editors
The Responsibility to Protect
(International Development Research Center, 2001; 350 pp.)
In his report to the 2000 Millennium Assembly, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan challenged the intellectual community to forge a consensus about when international humanitarian intervention—such as in Rwanda, when it was much too late, and Kosovo where it was effective—should and should not occur. The Responsibility To Protect is the result of this challenge, and forms a watershed moment for this issue that has taken center-stage in the past months. The first volume, the report proper, is a succinct 70-page outline of the committee's findings, covering such issues as when to act, what part nations take in rebuilding, and the question of authority. The second volume, edited by Thomas G. Weiss (Presidential Professor, The Graduate Center) and Don Hubert (Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ottawa) is a comprehensive account of the report's research and background including bibliography.
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Submitted on: FEB 1, 2002