Event Title

Session 2D: Preconditions to Modern Genocide

Session Number

Session 2D: 2nd Presentation

Advisor(s)

Dr. Claiborne Skinner, IMSA

Location

IN2

Start Date

26-4-2018 10:35 AM

End Date

26-4-2018 11:20 AM

Abstract

In the past two decades, genocide intervention around the world has reached unanticipated heights. Although the international community is increasingly stepping in to prevent genocide, it too often occurs after most of the damage has already been done. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the first modern genocide, we must reflect: What is the international community’s role in curbing genocide? And if there is an obligation to do so, how do we identify the individual factors that cause it? By examining multiple cases of genocide throughout the 20th century, we looked into the various factors identified in genocide and discerned what would in those factors would cause the decision to pursue that route. For reference we specifically investigated the Armenian Genocide, Russian Jewish pogroms, the Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Bosnian Genocide. We identified seven factors -- economics, military crises, urban-rural conflicts, cultural differences, education gaps, and territorial claims -- and concluded that these precursors are all commonly combined in the lead-up to genocide and mass violence.

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Apr 26th, 10:35 AM Apr 26th, 11:20 AM

Session 2D: Preconditions to Modern Genocide

IN2

In the past two decades, genocide intervention around the world has reached unanticipated heights. Although the international community is increasingly stepping in to prevent genocide, it too often occurs after most of the damage has already been done. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the first modern genocide, we must reflect: What is the international community’s role in curbing genocide? And if there is an obligation to do so, how do we identify the individual factors that cause it? By examining multiple cases of genocide throughout the 20th century, we looked into the various factors identified in genocide and discerned what would in those factors would cause the decision to pursue that route. For reference we specifically investigated the Armenian Genocide, Russian Jewish pogroms, the Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide, and the Bosnian Genocide. We identified seven factors -- economics, military crises, urban-rural conflicts, cultural differences, education gaps, and territorial claims -- and concluded that these precursors are all commonly combined in the lead-up to genocide and mass violence.