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.
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.