There has been widespread support for the idea that the so-called â€˜international communityâ€™ has a remedial moral responsibility to protect vulnerable populations from mass atrocities when their own governments fail to do so. Moreover, military intervention may, when necessary, be one means of discharging this proposed â€˜responsibility to protectâ€™ or, more colloquially, â€˜R2Pâ€™. But, where exactly is this responsibility located? In other words, which body or bodies can be expected to discharge a duty to safeguard those who lack the protection ofâ€”or, indeed, come under threat fromâ€”their own government? In this chapter, I propose â€˜coalitions of the willingâ€™ as one (likely provocative) answer to this question, and explore how the informal nature of such associations should inform the judgements of moral responsibility that we make in relation to them. Perhaps most controversially, I suggest that, under certain circumstances, states and other entities each have a duty to contribute to establishing such an ad hoc association.
|Title of host publication||The State and Cosmopolitan Responsibilities|
|Editors||Richard Beardsworth, Garrett Wallace Brown, and Richard Shapcott|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|