Author profile: Thomas G. Weiss

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, and research professor at SOAS, University of London. Past president of the International Studies Association (2009-10) and past chair of the Academic Council on the UN System (2006-9), he has written extensively about multilateral approaches to international peace and security, humanitarian action, and sustainable development. His latest authored books with relevance for this topic are Governing the Globe? Addressing “Problems without Passports (2014), Humanitarian Business (2013), Global Governance: Why? What? Whither? (2013), and What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It (2012).

 

 

The Veto: Problems and Prospects

The Veto: Problems and Prospects

Permanent Security Council membership and the veto appear anachronistic relics. They are here to stay because every proposed change raises as many problems as it solves.

After Syria, Whither R2P?

After Syria, Whither R2P?

The response to the Syria crisis shames the international community. But it does not mean that we have heard the death knell of the responsibility to protect.

Theory vs Practice: Myth or Reality?

Theory vs Practice: Myth or Reality?

We should dispel the myths that scholars and practitioners are two belligerents who come from two different worlds. There have more fruitful interactions and synergies than we think.

Whither R2P?

Whither R2P?

With the exception of Raphael Lemkin’s efforts and the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, no idea has moved faster in the international normative arena than “the responsibility to protect”. While blow-back from Libya is inevitable, nonetheless R2P is alive and well.

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