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Does the UN's responsibility to protect necessitate an intervention in Syria?

Published: Thursday, 29th August 2013
This UN doctrine can justify military action where citizens need protection – but it does not provide a practical guide The western dilemma about intervention…

The DRC and sexual violence: too often forgotten

Published: Thursday, 18th April 2013
International attention is fickle. The spotlight effect, where the full glare of publicity suddenly turns on to a particular issue or country for a while,…

Gaza: can the same actions produce different results?

Published: Monday, 26th November 2012
I spent a lot of time as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator either in Gaza or worrying about the humanitarian situation in the territory, particularly in…

Britain and a two-tier Europe

Published: Tuesday, 16th October 2012
Our last conference here at Ditchley was dedicated to the possibility of a two-tier Europe and its consequences. It turned out to be a particularly lively…

East Asia and nationalism

Published: Tuesday, 25th September 2012
Ditchley’s  latest conference on Security and Prosperity in East Asia turned out to be particularly timely, coinciding as it did with violent demonstrations…

The international response to the Syrian crisis

Published: Friday, 31st August 2012
The international community continues to struggle with how to respond to the ghastly and bloody events in Syria. Russia and China remain resolutely opposed…

Introducing the Ditchley Blog

Published: Friday, 31st August 2012
The Director of the Ditchley Foundation has traditionally remained a figure behind the scenes, recording and participating in conferences without attempting…