UN paralysis over Syria: the responsibility to protect or regime change?

  title={UN paralysis over Syria: the responsibility to protect or regime change?},
  author={Shahram Akbarzadeh and Arif Saba},
  journal={International Politics},
The Syrian conflict, now in its eighth year, is a bitter example where a sovereign state and the international community have manifestly failed in their responsibilities to protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes. What factors have prevented the international community from fulfilling its obligation under the principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) to save Syrian civilians? This paper argues that the contradiction between the protection of civilians and regime change has undermined… 
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