I’m not a fan of international law, said “law” being merely a compendium of the arbitrary decrees of those despots who proceeded us — but Adrian was kind enough to highlight some interesting developments in the field that related to the Military-Industrial-Sysadmin-Complex (MISC) that is needed to shrink the gap.
Specifically, he pointed me to the article “For a Capability to Protect from David C. Gompert in Survival 48(1). The article highlights two stages of post-Westphalian thought: the right to protect and the responsibility to protect, as well as an emerging one: the need for a capability to protect.
Gompert emphasizes that the idea of a United Nations standing army is going nowhere, and cannot provide true worldwide peace-enforcing capability.
The MISC is such a capability. We need a flexible force, supported by industry, the bureaucracy, and the government, that can “surge” peace into any area of the globe.