• Is Intervention in Syria the Answer?
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    Is Intervention in Syria the Answer?

    HAASS: I want to welcome everybody to today’s meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations here in our nation’s capital, where we’ve skipped spring and gone straight to summer. The subject is an important one, and a difficult one, and a painful one, what to do about Syria. The good news, and it might be the rare good news we’re going to hear over the next hour and 15 minutes, is that we have three people who are as well-suited to discuss this problem, and this challenge, as any I can think of. Ryan Crocker, who is the dean down at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at…

  • United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work
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    United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

    RUPP: Well, I’m very pleased, delighted to welcome all of you to this Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the U.N. And Gillian Sorensen is here. I want to express appreciation from all of us to you, Gillian. Maybe you could even stand up. (APPLAUSE) I have the privilege of introducing Valerie Amos who will be our Gillian Sorensen lecturer. Valerie was born in Georgetown, Guyana. She went — moved to the U.K. when she was nine years old and was educated in the U.K. I just asked her because her accent was so flawlessly U.K. whether her first language was also English — British English — and the answer is, it…

  • Humanitarian Intervention | Model Diplomacy
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    Humanitarian Intervention | Model Diplomacy

    A military humanitarian intervention is when civilians are under stress, when they are starving, or under attack, and the international community, maybe the United States, decides that they need to go in and help these people and that in order to do that they’re gonna need the military for logistics or for protection. The Responsibility to Protect is an international norm. What it basically means is that it is the responsibility of governments to protect civilians, and that if they can’t do that, that it’s the international community’s right and responsibility to intervene in order to help those civilians. The human rights community considers it an incredible evolution of norms.…

  • Legitimacy of Intervention in Syria: Three Things to Know
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    Legitimacy of Intervention in Syria: Three Things to Know

    The United States and some allies are considering military strikes against Syrian government targets in response to that government’s large-scale use of chemical weapons in its civil war. Even if the United States and some willing coalition partners are satisfied themselves that military force is justified, they will face tough questions about the legality of these armed strikes. Here are three things to know about international law in this context. First, the only legal grounds for using significant military force that are clear and universally agreed upon are a UN Security Council Resolution authorizing force or self-defense against an armed attack. In this case, though, there’s no realistic chance for…

  • The Evolution of Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons Learned From Past Interventions
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    The Evolution of Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons Learned From Past Interventions

    MCFARLAND: I was really excited about this conference today because not only did Robert Pape set us up really well for humanitarian intervention, the idea of it, it could not be more topical than today. This is a section — session that’s on the record, so if we have any journalists, anybody — whatever you say is going to live forever. I am going to open this, have a question and answer with the two gentlemen here, and then about 10:30, 10:35 we’ll open it up to your questions. And then I’d like to have each of you do a summary at the very end. It’s exciting to have these…

  • Lessons Learned: The Articles of Confederation
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    Lessons Learned: The Articles of Confederation

    Do you think it is easy to write a constitution for a country? Did you ever wonder why the United States has a constitution that has lasted for more than two centuries while other countries have failed to find one that works? I’m Jim Lindsay, and this is Lessons Learned. Our topic today is the Articles of Confederation, which went into effect on March 1, 1781, when Maryland became the 13th and final colony to ratify it. Most of us know all about the major battles and events of the American Revolution. April 19, 1775 saw Paul Revere’s midnight ride and the battles at Lexington and Concord. July 4,, 1776…

  • Constitution Revolution 2012
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    Constitution Revolution 2012

    Read Human history and realize how unbelievably forunate we were to be born at this time and on top of it, what grave responsibility we have to not let it slip away in the dark. Sunlight is the greatest disinfectant and as president I’m going to make it impossible for congressman or lobbyists to slip pork barrel projects or corporate welfare into laws, when no ones looking, ’cause when I’m president meetings when laws are written will be more open to the public, that’s a commitment I make to you as president …….NO more secrecy. Eleven hundred pages, not one member of this body has read. NOT ONE! NOT ONE!…