Arms and the responsibility to protect Western and Chinese involvement in Libya
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December 23rd, 2014
This report represents the first joint research project and publication between independent Chinese and UK scholars analysing the relationships between the ATT and the R2P principles within the context of the Libyan civil war. The key point of this exercise is to make research on the use and transfer of weapons a less obscure area of scholarship in China and to introduce an independent academic voice into the policy discourse. It offers a comparative reflection on Chinese and Western approaches, illuminating aspects that are often hidden in the established discourse on civilian protection and arms transfers. As the first of its kind in this area, the report is necessarily restricted in its reach but nevertheless offers serious, in-depth analysis of some of the critical issues linking norms, policies, and practices on the use and transfer of weapons in the Libya case and the implications for the recently agreed ATT.