Evolution of Russia’s approaches to the “responsibility to protect”

Evolution of Russia’s approaches to the “responsibility to protect”
// Pathways to Peace and Security. 2018. no 1(54) Special Issue: Humanitarian Challenges, Humanitarian Support and Human Protection in Armed Conflicts. Edited by Ekaterina Stepanova, . P. 115-128


DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2018-1-115-128

Baranovsky, Vladimir
Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations
23 Profsoyuznaya ul., Moscow 117997 Russia
baranovsky@imemo.ru 



Abstract

The crisis in relations between Russia and the West negatively affects the potential of “Responsibility to Protect” to serve as an instrument of collective, coordinated international reaction to emerging humanitarian issues. However, there already is considerable, albeit controversial, experience of international cooperation in this field, including that with Russia’s involvement. Russia’s approach to conceptual and practical aspects of R2P remains cautiously critical –mostly due to motivations linked to the issues of sovereignty and use of force across borders. Still, there is a certain potential for Russia’s growing involvement in R2P-related matters which may help channel the dynamics of world politics in a more positive direction.


Keywords

Russia, Responsibility to Protect (R2P), humanitarian interventions, United Nations, sovereignty, use of force, Kosovo, Libya, Syria, post-Soviet space, the West 


For citation:

Baranovskii V. Evolution of Russia’s approaches to the “responsibility to protect”. Pathways to Peace and Security, 2018, no 1(54) Special Issue: Humanitarian Challenges, Humanitarian Support and Human Protection in Armed Conflicts. Edited by Ekaterina Stepanova, , pp. 115-128. DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2018-1-115-128