Thomas Weiss of the City University of New York discusses the normative development and contemporary emergence of the R2P doctrine. Originally arising from problematic applications of military force in the protection of human beings, the R2P doctrine has come to embody a transformation in the historically sacrosanct character of state sovereignty. Yet, for Weiss, many significant challenges remain. Such include the hesitancy surrounding the potential for excessive applications, the mobilization of institutional willpower, and the perception of political ‘toxicity’ by states in the developing world. Ultimately, what will the long-term process of norm emergence embody? Although the answer may initially appear unclear, Weiss points to realizations of the long-term costs of non-intervention, efforts aimed at doctrine normalization by strategic powers, and bridged academic-practitioner programming as potential factors supporting the highly complex process that is institutionalization.
Works by Thomas G. Weiss
- Weiss, Thomas G. (Ed) and Michael Barnett (Ed) (2008). Humanitarianism in Question – Politics, Power, Ethics. Cornell University Press.
- Weiss, Thomas G. (2007). Humanitarian Intervention. Malden, MA: Polity Press.
- Weiss, Thomas G. (2005). Military-civilian interactions: Humanitarian crisis and the responsibility to protect 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
- Weiss, Thomas G. (2004). The sunset of humanitarian intervention? The responsibility to protect in a unipolar era. Security Dialogue 35 (2), 135-153.
- Weiss, Thomas G. and Don Hubert. (2002). The responsibility to protect: Research, bibliography and background. Ottawa, ON: International Development Research Centre.
- Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Home page. Retrieved May 18, 2010, from <http://globalr2p.org/>
- International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. The responsibility to protect: Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. Retrieved May 18, 2010, from < http://www.iciss.ca/report-en.asp>
Thomas G. Weiss, Background
Presidential Professor of Political Science, The CUNY Graduate Center and Director,
Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
Recorded on May 2010