Genocide is one of the most challenging problems of our age. In her book, “A Problem from Hell:” America and the Age of Genocide, Samantha Power (2002) argues that the United States, while in a position to intervene in genocide, has lacked the will to do so, and therefore it is incumbent on the U.S. citizenry to pressure their government to act. This article reviews how the topic of genocide raises questions along the fault lines of the field of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS). In this article, a framework is provided to examine genocide and responses to it. This includes a review of a multiplicity of factors that (a) facilitate genocide, (b) constrain action in the face of it, and (c) facilitate intervention. In this analysis, further consideration is given to the location of the actor either within the region of the conflict or external to it. Our goal is to situate the study of genocide in the PACS field and promote to the articulation of possibilities for intervention by individuals, organizations, and policymakers.
Cormier, Paul; Karari, Peter; Kumar, Alka; Neustaeter, Robin; Read, Jodi; and Senehi, Jessica
"“The Problem from Hell”: Examining the Role of Peace and Conflict Studies for Genocide Intervention and Prevention,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 17
, Article 2.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol17/iss1/2