Humanitarian Intervention


Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: Holding World Leaders Accountable to Reducing Global Poverty and Protecting Civilians (Audio)

Speaker: Jan Egeland
Presider: Gillian M. Sorensen

Listen to Jan Egeland, special adviser to the secretary-general of the United Nations, discuss the current state of international humanitarian affairs and how world leaders can be more involved in solving related crises.

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The Price of Indifference

Author: Arthur C. Helton

Refugee policy has not kept pace with new realities in international and humanitarian affairs. Recent policy failures have resulted in instability, terrible hardships, and massive losses of life. In this seminal book, Senior Fellow Arthur Helton systematically analyzes refugee policy responses over the past decade and calls for specific reforms to make policy more proactive and comprehensive.

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Council Special Report No. 49

Intervention to Stop Genocide and Mass Atrocities

Author: Matthew C. Waxman

Recent events in Darfur raise the familiar question of whether international law facilitates the kind of early, decisive, and coherent action needed to effectively combat genocide. Matthew C. Waxman argues that putting decisions about international intervention solely in the hands of the UN Security Council risks undermining the threat or use of intervention when it may be most potent in stopping mass atrocities.

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Council Special Report No. 22

Darfur and Beyond

Author: Lee Feinstein

This report argues that the new UN secretary-general should take the General Assembly's endorsement of responsibility to protect as a mandate and as a mission statement. And the United States and others must take steps to bolster UN action and be available when the UN is not.

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New York Symposium: The Evolution of Humanitarian Intervention

Session One: The State of Humanitarian Intervention
This session will feature analysis from leading scholars with a spectrum of perspectives on intervention policy.
Gary Bass: Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International, Princeton University
Edward C. Luck: Former Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect, United Nations
Robert Pape: Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago
Presider: Nancy Soderberg:Distinguished Visiting Scholar, University of North Florida
8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Meeting

Session Two: Lessons Learned from Past Interventions
This session will provide insight and on-the-ground perspective on intervention efforts over the pasty twenty years.
John Abizaid: General, (U.S. Army, Retired); Member; Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations
F.J. "Bing" West: Journalist; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Department of Defense
Presider: Kathleen Troia McFarland: National Security Analyst, Fox News
10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Meeting

This symposium is co-sponsored with the University of Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism and CFR's Center for Preventive Action and International Institutions and Global Governance Program.

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Preventing Mass Atrocities

In 2005, the members of the United Nations embraced the idea of a “responsibility to protect” populations from genocide and other mass atrocities. Join us as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour discusses the role her office plays in helping states and the international community fulfill this responsibility. Having recently returned from a visit to Burundi, the Democratic RepublicofCongo, and Rwanda, she will talk about her office’s fieldwork there, as well as share her thoughts on the work of the UN Human Rights Council.

**Please note special time and location.**

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Reception
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Meeting

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