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date: 30 September 2020

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In little more than a decade, the responsibility to protect (R2P) has evolved from a concept that grew out of early discussions on human security to become an accepted part of global security considerations. Its adoption by the UN World Summit in 2005 introduced a different lens for looking at the threats to people and the need for international action to prevent atrocities. This chapter looks at how to broaden the scope of R2P in the next decade, as a way of responding to the multiple global risks faced by people and as an antidote to the present limitations of the Westphalian, national sovereignty based system. Innovative digital technologies and reformed global governance are especially important in driving the enhanced utility of R2P. A case is made that there are political trends that can aid in advancing such changes, using R2P as lever in reshaping global order and security.

Keywords: responsibility to protect, global security, intervention, technology, United Nations, sovereignty, global governance

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