Roland Paris

University Research Chair in International Security and Governance,
University of Ottawa

In this episode of the ACUNS Current Issues podcast series, Roland Paris discusses his recent International Peacekeeping article concerning the structural dilemmas of the Responsibility to Protect mandate. Paris highlights what he describes as five core tensions in the ‘strategic logic’ of R2P and preventive humanitarian intervention. He outlines these problems, which include (1) the mixed motives; (2) the counterfactual; (3) conspicuous harm; (4) the end-state; and (5) the problem of inconsistency. These core problems, he argues, have not been adequately understood or addressed – and perhaps, cannot be resolved fully, meaning that the practice of R2P may be inevitably problematic.

The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and the Structural Problems of Preventive Humanitarian Intervention
Summary: Washington Post
University of Ottawa

About Roland Paris
Roland Paris is University Research Chair in International Security and Governance at the University of Ottawa, founding Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies, and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His research interests are in the fields of international security, international governance and foreign policy.

Before joining the University of Ottawa in 2006, he was Director of Research at the Conference Board of Canada, the country’s largest think tank; foreign policy advisor in the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Privy Council Office of the Canadian government; Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder; and Visiting Researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He has won two awards for public service and four awards for teaching.
Paris’ academic writings have appeared in leading scholarly journals includingInternational Security and International Studies Quarterly. His book At War’s End: Building Peace After Civil Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2004) won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving Global Order and the International Studies Association’s prize for best book on multilateralism. He has co-edited two other volumes on peacebuilding and is co-editor of the Security & Governance book series at Routledge.

In 2012, Paris was appointed a Global Ethics Fellow by the New York-based Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. In 2014, the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization appointed him to a ten-member international panel of experts to advise on the future of NATO. He is also a fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, and a member of the board of directors of the World University Service of Canada. He comments regularly on international affairs for national and international media, and serves on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals.

He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, an M.Phil. from Cambridge University, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.


Recorded April 2015