Food Line. A Haitian woman waits in line to pick up her share of ­supplies at a United Nations food distribution center.
Food Line. A Haitian woman waits in line to pick up her share of ­supplies at a United Nations food distribution center.
(UN photo/Logan Abassi)
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Taking Steps Toward a Responsibility to Protect
Global responses to escalating civil conflicts are ­needed, and they’ll have implications for US policy

The 1990s were supposed to bring a great “peace dividend” after the end of the Cold War. In a world no longer divided by bipolar ideological conflict, then-UN Secretary-General Boutros-Boutros Ghali oversaw the greatest expansion of UN peacekeeping missions ever to conflict-torn areas. However, this hope for greater world peace was soon dashed on the rocks of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity in the former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Rwanda, Darfur, and the Congo. Rather than an expansion of global peace and security, the first post-Cold War...

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