Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Affairs (MoPA)


College of Arts and Sciences


Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

First Advisor

Lindsay Gifford

Second Advisor

Larry Kamer

Third Advisor

Lisa Feldstein


The purpose of this research is to provide an analysis of the United Nations Security Council compliance with the Charter of the United Nations and the effectiveness of its Responsibility to Protect innocent civilians from crimes committed against them, particularly within the Syrian region in the Middle East. In addition, this research suggests that the Security Council needs reform in order to meet its obligations and function effectively in world crises. In order to achieve this, the research proposes multiple reform recommendations that could be implemented immediately within the system.