Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: The Destruction of Nations and Responsibility to Protect (R2P)


The Penn State School of International Affairs

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 863-0788 


After the fiasco of the Iraq War of 2003, the West pushed for a new mandate through the UN called the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in 2005. This new mandate revived ideas of humanitarian intervention that had been called into question from the detritus of Iraq. No lessons were learned. After R2P came Libya, a society now in ruins, and then came Syria, a country whose civil war had been fanned along even as no good outcome seemed on the horizon. This talk by Vijay Prashad will explore the landscape of intervention and its perils.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Sutliff Auditorium