Journal of Political Science and Development
International Journal of Political Science and Development
Vol. 5(7), pp. 210–218, November, 2017.
The Politics of Responsibility to Protect In the Syrian Context: Challenges of Application
Gashaw Ayferam Endaylalu
The author is lecturer and researcher at the Department of Civics and Ethical Studies, Wollo University, Dessie, Ethiopia.
Department of Civics and Ethical Studies, Wollo University, Dessie, Ethiopia.
Accepted 30 November 2017
The study examined the challenges of operationalization of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ in the context of Syria. Methodologically, the study employed qualitative research methodological approach. Accordingly, the study used secondary source of data; collected from books, published journal articles, theses and dissertations, governmental and Inter-governmental organization reports, and official website sources. Given the data gathered are qualitative; the study employed qualitative data analysis techniques. The findings of the study shows that though in its very essence responsibility to protect are assured to be a preventive tool of mass atrocities committed elsewhere, it faces operational problem. Responsibility to protect itself is highly politicised. Selectivity, inconsistency and politicization all are the hallmark features of responsibility to protect which remains big challenge. Moreover, the (in) applicability of responsibility to protect is largely determined by national interest, geo-politics and the power politics of members of UNSC. Thus, the importance of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ is not its legal and humanitarian value rather its rhetoric values as used by the intervening State in order to legitimate and justify their intervention. It is due to this reason that critics of responsibility to protect tended to describe responsibility to protect as a R.I.P. Thus, the applicability of responsibility to protect is inconsistent, too flexible and highly politicised.
Key Words: Responsibility to Protect, Syria, Intervention, National interest
Cite This Article As: Endaylalu GA (2017). The Politics of Responsibility to Protect In the Syrian Context: Challenges of Application. Int. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 5(7) 210-218