UWG Dean Speaks on R2P

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The 2010 Hoskins Great Decisions Series continues with its second presentation on Thursday, February 11, at 7 p.m. with guest moderator Dr. George Kieh.

The 2010 Hoskins Great Decisions Series continues with its second presentation on Thursday, February 11, at 7 p.m. with guest moderator Dr. George Kieh. The Great Decisions Series is a two-month annual lecture series sponsored by the League of Woman Voters-Carroll County/Carrollton. The series hosts outstanding scholars and experts on current foreign policy issues each Thursday evening in the Tracy Stallings Community Center through March 25.

Kieh, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of West Georgia, will present a lecture on Kenya and the Responsibility to Protect. A series of mass genocides in the 1990s began a global conversation that culminated in R2P doctrine by the United Nations in 2005.

The R2P doctrine states that if nations did not protect their citizens from crimes against humanity, the international community must act to save those lives. 

The Obama administration is supporting moves to implement an U.N. doctrine calling for collective military action to halt genocide. In a weeklong debate on implementing the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine in 2009, the U.S. joined a majority of U.N. countries, including Russia and China, in supporting implementation of the policy.

The events are free and the community is invited to attend.  For a schedule of guest speakers and topics, go to http://www.lwvga.org/gaLeagues/carrollton.php or http://www.westga.edu/index_2493.php.  For more information on R2P, go to http://r2pcoalition.org/.