NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR QUESTION EUROPE’S CAPACITY AND WILL POWER

August 29, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an op-ed published today by TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law question whether European nations have the force capacity and political will to fulfill their responsibilities under the ceasefire and disarmament plan for Lebanon which calls for a new, strengthened United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL 2).

According to the professors: “Unacknowledged by many diplomats is the fact that at the root of [the UNIFIL 2] staffing problems is not so much a question of the law of armed force, or of the capacity to exercise it, as it is of the elemental moral will to exercise it for the good. Europe, it turns out, minimizes the former because it has largely lost the latter.”

The essay, “ Europe’s Munich Moment,” can be accessed online by clicking here.