Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States puts the future of humanitarian aid at risk by further politicizing the project of international solidarity. Aid organizations should prepare themselves to limit the fallout, which will be felt most starkly by people in armed conflicts who are likely to lose lifesaving assistance and protection.
In light of Trump’s apparent unwillingness to fill a role traditionally occupied by the president of the United States, some commentators have already declared Merkel the new leader of the free world. This characterization is fanciful. Still, Berlin should do everything in its power to help control the damage, pursuing a strategy of principled engagement and building up resilience.
Germany’s contribution to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), a global commitment to prevent genocide and mass atrocities, has been mostly limited to rhetorical support. The trend towards greater German foreign policy engagement, though not primarily motivated by the protection of civilians, offers opportunities for Berlin to take a more hands-on role in the implementation of R2P.
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South China Morning Post
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