Never Again?: The United States and the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide Since the Holocaust

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Philosophy - 223 pages
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Peter Ronayne's Never Again? provides the reader with a provocative and comprehensive first look at American foreign policy as it relates to the prevention and punishment of genocide since the Holocaust. In the aftermath of World War II the United States and the world pledged to "never again" allow genocidal atrocities. Never Again? reveals that too often this bold promise has been a failed promise. The book chronicles how the United States has repeatedly missed opportunities or "ethical leadership moments" to stand up for human rights and save hundreds of thousands of lives when faced with genocide in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. At the same time, Ronayne explores how the U.S. has taken important action to bring about justice in the aftermath of genocidal crimes, despite its initial reluctance to even ratify the Genocide Convention. From this dual record of striking failures and important accomplishments emerge provocative questions about the United States' leadership on the world stage, global ethics and morality, and America's commitment to genocide prevention and punishment in the 21st century.
 

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Contents

The United States in an Age of Genocide
1
An Unconventional Debate The United States and the Genocide Convention
13
The United States and the Cambodian Tragedy
49
The United States and Genocide in Bosnia
101
Eyes Wide Shut The United States and the Rwanda Genocide
151
Thus Can We Make It
197
The Genocide Convention
211
Index
213
About the Author
223
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Peter Ronayne is senior faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is adjunct professor at the University of Virginia.

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