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Mary P. Callahan
SIS 495
Seattle Campus

Task Force

Small-group seminars address current problems in international affairs, each focusing on one specific policy question and producing a joint task force report. Restricted to senior majors in International Studies. Prerequisite: SIS 200; SIS 201; SIS 202; SIS 401.

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Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect

This presidential task force will write a policy paper laying out protocols for humanitarian interventions. In particular, it will evaluate whether the United States should take the lead on, support, or reject the relatively new doctrine called “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P), which holds that is appropriate to undertake all means necessary (including military intervention) against a state that does not protect people at risk in its territory. The task force will develop “lessons learned” from recent cases in which R2P has been invoked, such as Burma and Darfur. Students are expected to have read Gareth Evans, The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All, and to familiarize themselves with the report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, available online at: http://www.iciss.ca/report-en.asp before the quarter begins. They should also research recent press coverage of the crises in Burma and Darfur, as well as other cases in which R2P is being debated.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/16/2008