Impediments to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide

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Samuel Totten
Transaction Publishers, 2013 - Political Science - 304 pages
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Academics, NGOs, the United Nations, and individual nations are focused on the prevention and intervention of genocide. Traditionally, missions to prevent or intervene in genocide have been sporadic and under-resourced. The contributors to this volume consider some of the major stumbling blocks to the avoidance of genocide. Bartrop and Totten argue that "realpolitik" is the" "major impediment to the elimination of genocide. Campbell examines the lack of political will to confront genocide, and Theriault describes how denial becomes an obstacle to intervention against genocide. Loyle and Davenport discuss how intervention is impeded by a lack of reliable data on genocide violence, and Macgregor presents an overview of the influence of the media. Totten examines how the UN Convention on Genocide actually impedes anti-genocide efforts; and how the institutional configuration of the UN is itself often a stumbling block.

Addressing an issue that is often overlooked, Travis examines the impact of global arms trade on genocide. Finally, Hiebert examines how international criminal prosecution of atrocities can impede preventive efforts, and Hirsch provides an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, and effectiveness of major international and national prescriptions developed over the last decade. The result is a distinguished addition to Transaction's prestigious Genocide Studies series.


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The Major Impediment to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide
2 Lack of Political Will
3 Denial of Ongoing Atrocities as a Rationale for Not Attempting to Prevent or Intervene
An Ongoing Impediment
5 Data Limitations as an Impediment to Genocide Intervention
6 Aspects and Components of the United Nations That Constitute Impediments to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide
A Prod an Impediment or Both?
The Law and Practice of Arming Genocidal Governments
9 Do Criminal Trials Prevent Genocide? A Critical Analysis
Attempts to Design Mechanisms to Prevent Genocide in the TwentyFirst Century and Why They Have Not Succeeded
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Samuel Totten is professor of curriculum and instruction at the College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas. His research interests include the Holocaust, genocide education, and genocide theory. He is the co-founding editor of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, co-editor of the Journal of African Conflicts and Peace Studies, and editor of the Transaction series on Genocide Studies. His numerous books include Plight and Fate of Women During and Following Genocide; Century of Genocide: Critical Essays and Eyewitness Accounts; and Genocide in Darfur: Investigating Atrocities in the Sudan.

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