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In 2005, world leaders unanimously endorsed the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle which holds that states have a responsibility to protect their population from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity and that the international community should assist states in the fulfilment of this responsibility and has a duty to take timely and decisive action when the state manifestly fails to protect its population. The challenge now, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has identified, is to translate this principle from words to deeds. In this introduction to the inaugural issue of the Global Responsibility to Protect (GR2P), the editors outline the purpose and scope of this new journal. The goal is to make GR2P a medium for discussion, debate and the dissemination of research on the meaning, scope and politics of the responsibility to protect, the effort to translate it from words to deeds, and its impact on the ground throughout the world. To serve as a medium for debate, discussion and research, Global Responsibility to Protect will seek different types of contributions from a diverse range of contributors, including policy makers and analysts, academics, officials and field-workers from non-government organisations as well as advocates and opponents of the R2P from different regions of the world. The editors indicate their interest in making the journal as inclusive as possible by actively seeking out voices from different parts of the world and resisting the temptation to impose potential orthodoxies.


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