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Œconomica by SOREC
Universitatea Bucureşti
The following paper will examine if international law has influenced, either for the better or worse, the conflict in Syria as well as the country’s economic situation. In particular, we shall be analysing how the Responsibility to Protect Principle (R2P) has affected events in the area, if at all. The predecessor of R2P, humanitarian intervention, with its “right to intervene”, has been quite controversial and inefficient. The international community of states, as international law refers to it, and the United Nations’ hopes now lie with R2P, which is based on a “responsibility to intervene” in case of terrible tragedies perpetrated against people of a certain country, who cannot get protection from their own government. These crimes are genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. In the wake of the Holocaust, the promise of “never again” was made, yet since then the world has still seen these unspeakable horrors repeated. What is the situation in Syria and how is the “never again” promise faring nowadays? How has the country’s economy been affected by these events and to what extent has the international community’s response influenced its development?

ŒCONOMICA no. 4/2017
Keywords: Syria, R2P, intervention, economy, UN
JEL: H56, N40
Syria and R2P: Of Promises, Let-downs, and War Economy