The Problems of Genocide

The Problems of Genocide

Now this interpretation is a global norm, but it is unlikely that its consequences for civilian destruction are understood.146 The costs of this integrated legal and memory regime are the problems of genocide.

Author: A. Dirk Moses

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781009028325

Category: History

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Genocide is not only a problem of mass death, but also of how, as a relatively new idea and law, it organizes and distorts thinking about civilian destruction. Taking the normative perspective of civilian immunity from military attack, A. Dirk Moses argues that the implicit hierarchy of international criminal law, atop which sits genocide as the 'crime of crimes', blinds us to other types of humanly caused civilian death, like bombing cities, and the 'collateral damage' of missile and drone strikes. Talk of genocide, then, can function ideologically to detract from systematic violence against civilians perpetrated by governments of all types. The Problems of Genocide contends that this violence is the consequence of 'permanent security' imperatives: the striving of states, and armed groups seeking to found states, to make themselves invulnerable to threats.
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The Problems of Genocide

The Problems of Genocide

To solve the problems of genocide, this book proposes replacing it with permanent security, which should be criminalized"--

Author: A. Dirk Moses

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ISBN: 1316217302

Category: Atrocities

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"Genocide is a problem: not only the terrible fact of mass death, but also how the relatively new idea and law of genocide organises and distorts our thinking about civilian destruction. Taking the normative perspective of civilian immunity from military attack, this book argues that the implicit hierarchy of international law, atop which sits genocide as the "crime of crimes," blinds us to other types of humanly caused civilian death, like bombing cities, the "collateral damage" of missile and drone strikes, blockades, and sanctions. In other words, talk of genocide functions ideologically to detract from systematic violence against civilians perpetrated by governments. The Problems of Genocide also contends that this violence is the consequence of "permanent security" imperatives: the striving of states, and armed groups seeking to found states, to make themselves invulnerable to threats. To solve the problems of genocide, this book proposes replacing it with permanent security, which should be criminalized"--
Categories: Atrocities

NIOD Rewind Episode 14

NIOD Rewind Episode 14

How does the legal concept of genocide distort our thinking about civilian destruction? What does genocide, as the 'crime of crimes' still mean for other types of humanly caused civilian death, like bombing cities and drone strikes?

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What are the problems of genocide and how to rethink mass death? In this episode Anne van Mourik and Thijs Bouwknegt interview historian Dirk Moses, whose book 'The Problems of Genocide: Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression' just came out. How does the legal concept of genocide distort our thinking about civilian destruction? What does genocide, as the ‘crime of crimes’ still mean for other types of humanly caused civilian death, like bombing cities and drone strikes?
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Genocide

Genocide

The growth of scholarship on the pressing problem of genocide shows no sign of abating. This volume takes stock of Genocide Studies in all its multi-disciplinary diversity by adopting a thematic rather than case-study approach.

Author: Donald Bloxham

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192865267

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Page: 432

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A collection of essays on the key themes of genocide, addressing imperial violence and military contexts for genocide, predicting, preventing, and prosecuting genocide, gender, ideology, the state, memory, transitional justice, and ecocide.
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Genocide

Genocide

One can describe the past three decades as an era of human rights consciousness, human rights talk, and human rights action, focused in good measure on the global problems of genocide. The development of Holocaust consciousness in the ...

Author: Norman M. Naimark

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190637729

Category: History

Page: 176

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Genocide occurs in every time period and on every continent. Using the 1948 U.N. definition of genocide as its departure point, this book examines the main episodes in the history of genocide from the beginning of human history to the present. Norman M. Naimark lucidly shows that genocide both changes over time, depending on the character of major historical periods, and remains the same in many of its murderous dynamics. He examines cases of genocide as distinct episodes of mass violence, but also in historical connection with earlier episodes. Unlike much of the literature in genocide studies, Naimark argues that genocide can also involve the elimination of targeted social and political groups, providing an insightful analysis of communist and anti-communist genocide. He pays special attention to settler (sometimes colonial) genocide as a subject of major concern, illuminating how deeply the elimination of indigenous peoples, especially in Africa, South America, and North America, influenced recent historical developments. At the same time, the "classic" cases of genocide in the twentieth Century - the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, Rwanda, and Bosnia -- are discussed, together with recent episodes in Darfur and Congo.
Categories: History

A Problem From Hell

 A Problem From Hell

"A Problem from Hell" shows how decent Americans inside and outside government refused to get involved despite chilling warnings, and tells the stories of the courageous Americans who risked their careers and lives in an effort to get the ...

Author: Samantha Power

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780465050895

Category: History

Page: 640

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In 1993, as a 23-year-old correspondent covering the wars in the Balkans, I was initially comforted by the roar of NATO planes flying overhead. President Clinton and other western leaders had sent the planes to monitor the Bosnian war, which had killed almost 200,000 civilians. But it soon became clear that NATO was unwilling to target those engaged in brutal "ethnic cleansing." American statesmen described Bosnia as "a problem from hell," and for three and a half years refused to invest the diplomatic and military capital needed to stop the murder of innocents. In Rwanda, around the same time, some 800,000 Tutsi and opposition Hutu were exterminated in the swiftest killing spree of the twentieth century. Again, the United States failed to intervene. This time U.S. policy-makers avoided labeling events "genocide" and spearheaded the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers stationed in Rwanda who might have stopped the massacres underway. Whatever America's commitment to Holocaust remembrance (embodied in the presence of the Holocaust Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C.), the United States has never intervened to stop genocide. This book is an effort to understand why. While the history of America's response to genocide is not an uplifting one, "A Problem from Hell" tells the stories of countless Americans who took seriously the slogan of "never again" and tried to secure American intervention. Only by understanding the reasons for their small successes and colossal failures can we understand what we as a country, and we as citizens, could have done to stop the most savage crimes of the last century.
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Teaching about Genocide

Teaching about Genocide

Both legally and morally, neutrality is unacceptable in a genocidal context: to do nothing for the victims is in ... This is a typical example of the value of the comparative approach in seeking to unlock the problems of genocide study.

Author: Samuel Totten

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781607529682

Category: Social Science

Page: 361

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Categories: Social Science

Revisiting Modernity and the Holocaust

Revisiting Modernity and the Holocaust

Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction, 2nd ed. London: Routledge. ... When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism, and the Genocide in Rwanda. ... The Problems of Genocide: Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression.

Author: Jack Palmer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000568271

Category: Social Science

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Zygmunt Bauman’s Modernity and the Holocaust is a decisive text of intellectual reflection after Auschwitz, in which Bauman rejected the idea that the Holocaust represented the polar opposite of modernity and saw it instead as its dark potentiality. Bringing together leading scholars from across disciplines, this volume offers the first set of focused and critical commentaries on this classic work of social theory, evaluating its ongoing contribution to scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. Addressing the core messages of Modernity and the Holocaust that continue to sound amidst the convulsions of the present, the chapters situate Bauman’s volume in the social, cultural and academic context of its genesis, and considers its role in the complex processes of Holocaust memorialisation. Offering extensions of Bauman’s thesis to lesser-known and undertheorised events of mass violence, and also considering the significance of Janina Bauman’s writings in their own right, this volume will appeal to scholars of sociology, intellectual history, Holocaust and genocide studies, moral philosophy, memory studies and cultural theory.
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Rethinking the 21st Century

Rethinking the 21st Century

'New' Problems, 'Old' Solutions Doctor Amy Eckert, Laura Sjoberg. The 'value added' of a theory of obligatory war, then, is that it puts the moral obligation to intervene in genocide in concrete terms within a tradition (Just War ...

Author: Doctor Amy Eckert

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848137714

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Rethinking the 21st Century brings much needed context and perspective to the security problems we face today. In recent years, the 'Bush Doctrine' - that the security threats we now face are entirely unprecedented - has echoed around the world. Global security and stability is now challenged not only by states and nuclear war, but by insurgency, disease, environmental degradation and military privatisation. Yet this creates a deep sense of disconnect in the way we perceive politics, and can be dangerously stark and ahistorical. The chapters here show that, far from being a clean break, the 'new' problems faced today might actually have 'old' solutions. What can Locke tell us about terrorists? What does Bentham have to say about sanctions? What are the ethics of outsourcing war to private companies? By looking back to decades and even centuries of ethical analysis and political theory, this book provides fascinating insight into all these questions.
Categories: Political Science