America Abroad: The Responsibility to Protect

Sat, 04/25/2009 - 3:00pm
The Holocaust, Rwanda, the Balkans and now Darfur. After each atrocity, the world says never again, and yet, here it is ... again. Now the international community has a new idea: Responsibility to Protect (R2P). This idea states that each country is obligated to protect its citizens, and if a country can't, the international community must.

Is this new norm more than high-minded rhetoric? Does it violate each country's right to have control within its borders? Co-hosts Ray Saurez and Deborah Amos explore two situations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya to see what R2P looks like on the ground. And they take a step back to see how the concept of R2P went from a fledgling idea to being endorsed by the U.N. General Assembly. America Abroad: The Responsibility to Protect airs Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m. on AM1370/HD91/5-2.