Upon completion of this exercise, students should become familiar with the complexities involved in implementing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine in practice.
Watch the video clip "Humanitarian intervention or imperialism?" and answer the following questions.
"Pacifism is a very good idea; unfortunately, it doesn't work," insists Bernard Kouchner, the former French foreign minister, co-founder of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and staunch advocate of humanitarian intervention. But can a military campaign ever be strictly humanitarian? Or is the defence of human rights just a facade for imperialist agendas? In an episode of Head to Head, a popular discussion programme on the international news network Al Jazeera, Mehdi Hasan challenges Kouchner on Western involvement in conflicts such as Mali, Libya, Kosovo and Rwanda, and asks whether France's recent interventions mark a return to its colonial past.
Al Jazeera makes a video clip depicting the full episode with a short commentary on its official site.Take quiz