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Preventing Atrocities in the 21st Century

Leading experts discuss the state of atrocity prevention as a growing field of peacebuilding theory and practice.In 2017, a half-million Rohingya fled attacks on their homes in Burma. Eight million face starvation amid Yemen’s war. Atrocities against civilians continue in Syria, South Sudan and elsewhere. What lessons did we learn from the Holocaust – if any? And how can we strengthen norms and institutions to prevent future atrocities more effectively? Join us on January 30 for a discussion on the state of atrocity prevention with leading experts.

In recent decades we have seen new commitments to protect civilians from mass atrocities. Still, policymakers face obstacles. They may lack access to areas at risk, or leverage over possible perpetrators. So how can we translate political commitments into timely and effective practice? Is it possible to identify risk and prevent mass violence before it erupts? How can justice mechanisms help ensure accountability and prevent future mass violence?

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Ambassador Martin Dahinden, Opening Remarks Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States of America

Carla Koppell, Opening Remarks Vice President, Center for Applied Conflict Transformation, U.S. Institute of Peace

Jonas Claes, Moderator Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace Mô Bleeker Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and the Prevention of Atrocities, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Lawrence Woocher Research Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Menachem Rosensaft General Council, World Jewish Congress

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Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Time: 9:00am - 11:00am

Location: U.S. Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20037


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