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Policies and Practices for Preventing Mass Atrocities

Edited by Barbara Harff, Ted Robert Gurr

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What can be done, in practice, to warn about and organize political action to prevent genocide and political mass murder, and to respond to it after they have begun?

All the contributors to this volume are either experts or practitioners, often both, who have contributed in substantial ways to analyzing high risk situations, recommending preventive politics and actions, and in several instances helping to organize remedial actions. Whereas current literature often focuses on the theory of the prevention of genocide, this book focuses on what can be done, and has been done, in real-world situations. Unlike some existing works of advocacy, recommendations and actions are grounded in a generation of experience, based on solid historical, comparative, and empirical research and with a grounding in quantitative methods. The volume examines historical cases to understand the general causes and process of mass violence and genocide and also engages with on-going genocidal crises including Darfur and Syria, as well as other forms of related violence such as terrorism and civil conflict.

This work will be key reading for all students and scholars of genocide, war and conflict studies, human security and security studies in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Genocide Studies To Prevention

1."From Genocide Studies To Prevention" Helen Fein,

Part I. The Scholarly And Legal Foundations Of Atrocity Prevention

2. "Genocide And Holocaust" Yehuda Bauer,

3. "Fatal Trajectories: When Civil Wars Lead To Mass Atrocities And How To Prevent Them" Ted Robert Gurr

4. Legal Restraints and Opportunities In Implementing Inadequate International Norms And Conventions Sheri Rosenberg

Part Ii. Organizing Policy Responses

5. "Who Is In Charge? Emerging Preventive Architectures" Andrea Bartoli And Mo Bleeker

6. Stephen Twig, Title To Be Determined

Part Iii. Strategies For Warning And Responding To Future Crises

7. "Genocide Risks In 2014 And Beyond: A New Global Risk Assessment" Barbara Harff

8. "Early Detection And Post-Hoc Detection Of Systematic Mass Atrocities" Birger Heldt

Part IV. International Response Scenarios

9. "Alerting And Responding To Potential Mass Atrocities Within The Un System." Edward Luck

10. "The Place Of Genocides And Mass Atrocities In The Spectrum Of Political Violence In The Post-Cold War Period" Alex Schmid And Albert Jongman

11. "Could Genocide In Darfur Have Been Halted Or Mitigated?" Eric Reeves

Part V: Lessons From Contemporary Field Experience

12. "Monitoring Mass Atrocities" Jennifer Leaning

13. "The Media’s Past And Future Role In Preventing Genocide: Lessons From Syria" Roy Gutman

About the Editors

Barbara Harff is Professor Emerita, US Naval Academy, and recipient of the 2013 Raphael Lemkin Award.

Ted Robert Gurr is Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, University of Maryland, and founder and consultant, Minorities at Risk Project.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes against Humanity

The Routledge Series in Genocide and Crimes against Humanity publishes cutting-edge research and reflections on these urgently contemporary topics. While focusing on political-historical approaches to genocide and other mass crimes, the series is open to diverse contributions from the social sciences, humanities, law, and beyond. Proposals for both sole-authored and edited volumes are welcome.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security