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R2P Monitor, a New Digest, Details Populations in Danger


A new online publication, R2P Monitor, offers detailed information on populations in danger, including those in Abyei, above, in the disputed border region of Sudan and South Sudan. STUART PRICE/UN PHOTO

The Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect has released its first issue of a bimonthly digest, the R2P Monitor, reporting on populations in countries that could be at risk to mass-atrocity crimes.

The mission of the center, part of the CUNY’s Ralphe Bunche Institute for International Studies, is to enable the responsibility to protect doctrine (R2P) to be used as a practical guide for action in mass atrocities. The center was founded by government leaders and academics as well as the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam International, Refugees International and WFM-Institute for Global Policy.

The R2P Monitor, which made its debut with a January 2012 issue, also offers analysis of past histories of countries in relation to mass-atrocity crimes, the factors that enabled the crimes to occur and possible ways to deter further crimes.

The first issue looks at the situations in Syria, Sudan/South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Somalia, Myanmar and Yemen.

R2P Monitor is financed by Switzerland. The center’s governmental sponsors are Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Rwanda, Sweden and Britain. Humanity United, the Stanley Foundation and the Open Society Institute are additional supporters.

To subscribe to the R2P Monitor, e-mail

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Dulcie Leimbach is a co-founder, with Barbara Crossette, of PassBlue. For PassBlue and other publications, Leimbach has reported from New York and overseas from West Africa (Burkina Faso and Mali) and from Europe (Scotland, Sicily, Vienna, Budapest, Kyiv, Armenia, Iceland and The Hague). She has provided commentary on the UN for BBC World Radio, ARD German TV and Radio, NHK’s English channel, Background Briefing with Ian Masters/KPFK Radio in Los Angeles and the Foreign Press Association.

Previously, she was an editor for the Coalition for the UN Convention Against Corruption; from 2008 to 2011, she was the publications director of the United Nations Association of the USA. Before UNA, Leimbach was an editor at The New York Times for more than 20 years, editing and writing for most sections of the paper, including the Magazine, Book Review and Op-Ed. She began her reporting career in small-town papers in San Diego, Calif., and Boulder, Colo., graduating to the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and then working at The Times. Leimbach has been a fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies as well as at Yaddo, the artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; taught news reporting at Hofstra University; and guest-lectured at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the CUNY Journalism School. She graduated from the University of Colorado and has an M.F.A. in writing from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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