n Journal of African Foreign Affairs - The Libyan question and the responsibility to protect : whither Africa in the 21st century

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2056-564X
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5658


Africa has been going through difficult situations for more than a period of five centuries. In all these difficult situations it has been a guinea pig of the world; whether it is in the sciences (testing of HIV/AIDS), humanities (slave trade), economics and social science (exploitation of economic resources and political imperialism) among others. This paper attempts to look at the concept of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) which is assumed to be one of the means to test run its efficacy in Africa. The concept was enunciated by the United Nations with all good intentions and purposes, at least on the surface of it. However, the application and indeed the implementation of the concept in Libya present a different picture and indeed met the apprehension of African leaders that it could be used against Africa. The paper indeed presented the narratives and provided the measures required to make R2P work in Africa. This includes giving the Africans especially the liberty to exercise the right to determine the nature of how R2P can be operated.

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