Prioritizing Human Security: Delivering a United Nations That Prevents Atrocities

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By Ulysses Smith
This post was co-authored by Seher Khawaja, a member of the New York City Bar Association’s United Nations Committee.

In 1945, following the countless brutalities of the Second World War, 51 countries joined together to form the United Nations. The first of their four goals was to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. Sixty years later, 191 UN Member States recognized a universal “Responsibility to Protect” among nations. As R2P’s 10th anniversary approaches, many will assess its successes and failures. To do so fairly, however, it is necessary to consider the Security Council’s role in helping to fulfill — or not — the promise of R2P...