Department of International Relations
Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture
"What is the Responsibility to Protect?"
Date: Monday 9 March 2015 6pm-7.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre, LSE
Speaker: Professor Michael Walzer, Emeritus Professor at Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, Princeton
Chair: Professor Christopher Hughes
The lecture will discuss the very fraught "responsibility" through the lens of the Syrian uprising and civil war. It will look at Syria at different moments from 2011-2014, stressing the uncertainties about what was happening and what to do, and asking how uncertainty intersects with responsibility. Who is responsible? When does the responsibility kick in? What action does it require?
As a professor, author, editor, and lecturer, Michael Walzer has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state. His books (among them Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, and On Toleration) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. A new book, The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counter-revolutions will be out in March 2015.
Christopher Hughes is the Head of the Department of International Relations.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7955 7930.