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Forum Presents ‘Responsibility to Protect: Why were Darfurians Denied Protection?’

Oct 27, 2008
Dr. Kofi Nsia-Pepra, visiting assistant professor of political science, will give a presentation to the Ohio Northern community titled "Responsibility to Protect: Why were Darfurians Denied Protection" on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 7-8 p.m. in Dicke Hall room 230. The presentation is part of the annual Phi Beta Delta International Forum.

Nsia-Pepra will discuss his belief that governments who endorse "sovereignty as responsibility" have an obligation to protect the suffering, as with the case of Darfur civilians under the oppressive rule of the Sudan government. He will overview the Darfur crisis and then explore why the strongest advocates of "responsibility to protect" - NATO, the EU, the African Union, and other states like China - failed to intervene to save Darfurians. Nsia-Pepra suggests that politics within the UN Security Council have led to this tragedy, and that the entire situation has been fueled by strategic national interests.

Nsia-Pepra received his bachelor's degree from University of Cape Coast, Ghana, followed by a master of laws degree from Essex University, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in political science from Wayne Sate University in Detroit. He was an air force officer in the Ghana Air Force from 1990-1999 until he retired in order to continue his studies. He served with the United Nations' Assisted Mission in Rwanda and also with the United Nations' Assisted Mission Economic Community of Western African Monitoring Group as the Ghana Air Force detachment commander during the Sierra Leonean War. Nsia-Pepra's research and teaching interests are international relations, international security, conflict analysis and resolution, human rights, and international organizations and governance.

Phi Beta Delta is the Honor Society for International Scholars. Founded in 1987, the nominees for membership in the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta include outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni. The Society hopes to integrate those who possess a deep commitment to international affairs, education and research. One of the functions of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter has been to create a regular forum in which international affairs can be discussed using University sources and by seeking prominent individuals with varied experience in international affairs recruited from beyond the University community.

This event is free and open to the public.

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