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    Beyond liberalism – defining a new centre ground of Western politics

Beyond liberalism – defining a new centre ground of Western politics

The Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primaries are harbingers of a tectonic shift in Western politics, argue John Milbank and Adrian Pabst. Mainstream parties have converged in the centre while anti-establishment parties tend to combine a far-right stance on questions of identity and immigration with left-wing statism on welfare and the economy. We need to […]

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    Assessing the Responsibility to Protect: moving from theory to practice

Assessing the Responsibility to Protect: moving from theory to practice

In his recent article on the Responsibility to Protect – a political commitment to prevent atrocities – Matt Sleat argued it would be wrong to assess its success solely on how far it conforms to moral principles, while ignoring the difficult political circumstances in which relevant decisions are made. Here, Graham Harrison writes that conceptualising the Responsibility to Protect politically […]

Politics or Ethics? Assessing the Responsibility to Protect

It’s been over ten years since the Responsibility to Protect – a political commitment to prevent atrocities – was agreed by all UN member states. Yet few would deny that the hopes many held in 2005 now look to have been somewhat premature. Here, Matt Sleat argues it would be wrong to assess the principle solely on how far […]