What can be done to warn about and organize political action to prevent genocide and mass atrocities?
The international contributors to this volume are either experts or practitioners, often both, who have contributed in substantial ways to analyzing high risk situations, recommending preventive policies and actions, and in several instances helping to organize remedial actions. Whereas current literature on the prevention of genocide is theoretically well grounded, this book explores what can be done, and has been done, in real-world situations. Recommendations and actions are rooted in a generation of experience, based on solid historical, comparative, and empirical research and with a grounding in quantitative methods.
This volume examines historical cases to understand the general causes and processes of mass violence and genocide, and engages with ongoing genocidal crises including Darfur and Syria, as well as other forms of related violence such as terrorism and civil conflict. It 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
Barbara Harff is Professor of Political Science Emerita at the US Naval Academy and was distinguished visiting professor at Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. She co-founded the Genocide Prevention Advisory Network and served for a decade on the US Government’s State Failure (later Political Instability) Task Force. In 2013 she received the Raphael Lemkin Award from the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation.
Ted Robert Gurr was Distinguished University Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) at the University of Maryland; Founder and Consultant of the Minority at Risk Project; Former Senior Consultant to the US Government’s Political Instability Task Force; Former Olof Palme Visiting Professor, HSFR, Uppsala University.