"The Responsibility to Protect: A Policy Forum" - Editor's Preface

by Sarah Bania-Dobyns
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Human Rights and Human Welfare is pleased to offer its first policy forum-a new type of review to add to our review essays, book notes and roundtable. In this policy forum we asked practitioners in the field to review a set of policy reports on the responsibility to protect. R2P, as practitioners and scholars alike have come to know this policy area, like many of the human rights concepts addressed by HRHW, is a multifaceted concept requiring perspectives from different fields and professions to address it comprehensively. Further, R2P is a quickly changing policy issue, and academics and practitioners need to be aware of each other's work on both sides of the fence.

The recent heightened attention on R2P combined with the intent to move it from theory to practice makes it a timely and interesting topic for Human Rights and Human Welfare's first online policy roundtable. It is our hope at HRHW that such policy forums will open up space for ongoing conversations among members of the interdisciplinary field of human rights, and in particular foster greater awareness of the policy side of the field.

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