MARO Handbook is Profiled in Wall Street Journal Report

May 11, 2011
by Doug Gavel

Recent political uprisings in Libya and throughout the Arab World are sparking new discussions about protecting civilians during times of conflict. And Sarah Sewall’s work on the issue is drawing renewed attention among U.S. and international military planners.

Sarah Sewall, lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, is founder and faculty director of the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. MARO has produced a Planning Handbook, intended to guide military leaders as they encounter conflicts in which civilians are threatened.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal profiles the Project’s work. “The emerging doctrine is a blueprint for an interventionist foreign policy that places such ideas as 'responsibility to protect' on a par with the principles of realpolitik,” the Journal reports. “It falls within a broader debate in international politics, and at the United Nations, about balancing state sovereignty with the desire to protect civilians.”

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal website.

The MARO Project is based on the insight that the failure to act in the face of mass killings of civilians is not simply a function of political will or legal authority; the failure also reflects a lack of thinking about how military forces might respond. Read more on the MARO website.

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Mass Atrocity Response Operations: A Military Planning Handbook

“The emerging doctrine is a blueprint for an interventionist foreign policy that places such ideas as ‘responsibility to protect’ on a par with the principles of realpolitik,” the Journal reports.

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