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Protection Against Genocide

Mission Impossible?

By Neal Riemer (Edited by)

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Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 30 March 2000
Without succumbing to utopian fantasies or "realistic" pessimism, Riemer and his contributors call for strengthening the key institutions of a global human rights regime, developing an effective policy of prudent prevention of genocide, working out a sagacious strategy of keenly targeted sanctions--political, economic, military, judicial--and adopting a guiding philosophy of just humanitarian intervention. They underscore significant changes in the international system--the end of the Cold War, economic globalization, the communications revolution-- that hold open the opportunity for significant, if modest, movement toward strengthening key institutions. The essays explore key problems in working toward prevention of genocide. They highlight the existence of considerable early warning of genocide and emphasize that the real problem is a lack of political will in key global institutions. Sanctions, especially economic sanctions may punish a genocidal regime, but at the expense of innocent civilians. Thus, more clearly targeted sanctions are seen as essential. The argument on behalf of a standing police force to deal with the crime of genocide, as they show, is powerful and controversial: powerful because the need is persuasive, controversial because political realists question its cost and political feasibility. Implementing a philosophy of just humanitarian intervention requires an appreciation of the difficulties of interpreting those principles in difficult concrete situations. A permanent international criminal tribunal to deter and punish genocide, they argue, will put into place a much needed component of a global human rights regime. A thoughtful analysis for scholars and studentsof international politics and law, and human rights in general.

Table of Contents

Preface The Urgent Need for Global Human Rights Regime by Neal Riemer The Evolution of the International System and its Impact on Protection Against Genocide by Douglas W. Simon The Three P's of Genocide Prevention: With Application to a Genocide Foretold by Helen Fein Economic Sanctions and Genocide: Too Little, Too Late, and Sometimes Too Much by George A. Lopez Can An International Criminal Court Prevent and Punish Genocide by David Wippman A UN Constabulary to Enforce the Law on Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity? by Saul Mendlovitz and John Fousek On Humanitarian Intervention by Michael Joseph Smith Conclusion Appendices Bibliography Index

About the Author

NEAL RIEMER is Andrew V. Stout Professor of Political Philosophy, emeritus, Department of Political Science, Drew University. His major books include Creative Breakthroughs in Politics, Karl Marx and Prophetic Politics, The Future of the Democratic Revolution, James Madison, The Revival of Democratic Theory, and, with Douglas Simon, The New World of Politics.


"This well-organized volume of essays is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on genocide in the post World War II period. The editor of the volume has done a wonderful job of organizing the essays around this central theme, and each chapter, while standing on its own, fits well into the overall framework of the book. The conviction of the authors that it would be possible to develop workable measures to prevent genocide is clear, but the essays are not characterized by a dreamy-eyed idealism. Instead, a compassionate realism pervades the discussions of such important topics as humanitarian intervention, economic sanctions, the use of force, and the development of an international criminal court. This excellent and provocative book will be of interest not only to scholars and students, but also to intelligent readers who are interested in international action on human rights."-Lawrence J. LeBlanc Professor, Marquette University

EAN: 9780275965150
ISBN: 0275965155
Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc
Dimensions: 24.18 x 16.21 x 2.16 centimetres (0.47 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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