What is it about?

This article explores how the nature of states will impact how they understand and implement the norms of the Responsibility to Protect and Counter-terrorism. Depending on the state's priorities they can modify these norms to a great extent so that they suit and support their own national interests. In some extreme cases, this can change the original intent of the norm itself.

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Why is it important?

This article is important because it helps us understand why important international norms like the responsibility to protect and counter-terrorism appear so different depending on the countries where they are implemented.


This piece helps us understand that the nature of states is a major factor in how norms are implemented. This means that norms are vulnerable to manipulation and require additional clarity to avoid losing their original intent.

Dr Shannon E Zimmerman
Deakin University

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This page is a summary of: R2P and Counter-terrorism: Where Sovereignties Collide, Global Responsibility to Protect, March 2022, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/1875-984x-14010018.
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