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YPFP DC: In Our Interest?: Humanitarian Intervention as Core National Security
Is preventing genocide a core national security issue, a core moral responsibility, neither – or both? In his latest book, “Liberating Kosovo: Coercive Diplomacy and U.S. Intervention,” David L. Phillips explores why, when and how the United States should intervene in foreign conflicts. In his talk, Phillips will explore the limitations of state sovereignty and a new international human rights norm, “the responsibility to protect,” including prevention, reaction, reconstruction and third party mediation. These issues are central to the U.S. approach in Syria, Libya and other countries where atrocities occur. Join us for a lively evening discussion of some of the most pressing humanitarian and national security questions of our day.
David L. Phillips is the Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has served as a Senior Adviser to the U.S. Department of State under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, and has worked on conflict prevention and peace-building worldwide, including the Balkans, Caucasus, Iraq, Cyprus, Turkey-Greece, Turkey-Armenia, Sudan, South Sudan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and in the ethnic Tibetan areas of Western China.