R2P’s future in Southeast Asia: In need of reconceptualisation

Commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) therefore provides ASEAN with a major pathway toward realizing its vision of a caring and sharing community

Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary General of ASEAN, 09/09/14

‘[R2P] won’t work, and you are condemning ASEAN. You are giving ASEAN a kiss of death’

Surin Pitsuwan (in reference to Cyclone Nargis), then Secretary General of ASEAN, 2008,

In the first seminar of the 2014-2015 ICCS Seminar Series, Justin Morris, University of Hull, argued for the curtailing of the UNSC veto when it comes to R2P. With regional organisations seen as being potential partners to the UN in regards to R2P, I want to explore under what circumstances R2P might have a future in ASEAN.

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