The United Nations doctrine on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is state-centric, there's no doubt about that, but does that mean states are the only viable actors when it comes to protecting civilians from mass atrocities? In this essay, Corrie Hulse argues that when states fail to act on R2P, it is the responsibility of civilians and N.G.O.s to step up and push governments into action.
A recent article in The Guardian, “Egypt’s government to restrict NGO vote monitoring,” probably came as no surprise to people familiar with Egyptian politics.
Recent flooding in India has killed hundreds and displaced over a million people. Jolted by this logistical nightmare, a fresh look is being taken at the Indian government's national climate change program. Nicola Macnaughton reports that while the plan looks good on paper, not including local communities most affected by climate change in the process threatens to derail all progress when the next disaster strikes.