The answer to the Syrian issue lies not in unilateralism, nor the UN Security Council, but in invoking the UN General Assembly’s Uniting for Peace Resolution.
Author profile: Adrian Gallagher
The English School in IR theory has an under-theorised understanding of humanity which in turn fails to explain why ‘we’ should act to save ‘them’.
The real challenge facing the R2P is that there are multiple ‘manifest failings’ occurring on a range of different scales therefore we should not expect too much from it.
Looking at the world today, it is evident that although the English School does not explain everything, it does provide a fruitful framework for analysing the hope and tragedy of international society.