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The Center for the Prevention of Genocide regularly hosts presentations related to the prevention and punishment of genocide and mass atrocities. In lectures, panel discussions, films, and interviews, analysts offer expert insight into the places where genocide has occurred, where civilians are at risk today, and how to prevent and punish the crimes associated with genocide and mass atrocities.

The opinions expressed in these presentations do not necessarily represent those of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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International Decision Making in the Age of Genocide: Rwanda 1990–94

On June 1–3, 2014, leading decision makers from the United Nations, Africa, the United States, and Europe will gather in The Hague to consider the failure of the international community to prevent or effectively respond to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and to explore whether and how the tragedy might have been averted.

Our Walls Bear Witness: The Plight of Burma’s Rohingya

In a special nighttime exhibition, the Museum recently projected building-size photos of Burma’s Rohingya on its exterior walls. A Muslim minority, the Rohingya have long been considered among the world’s most persecuted peoples. Read More

The United States and R2P: From Words to Action

Sixty-eight years after the Holocaust, governments continue to struggle with how to prevent genocide and mass atrocities. This symposium, held on July 23, 2013, brought together leaders from inside and outside government to examine the utility of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) as a tool for preventing the world’s worst crimes.  Read More

Imagine the Unimaginable: Ending Genocide in the 21st Century

More than 60 years after the Holocaust, genocide and crimes against humanity continue as repressive regimes target and kill innocent people around the world. In this July 2012 symposium featuring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, established and emerging leaders explored what can be done to prevent these atrocities in the future. Read More

In Search of Accountability: Justice after Nuremberg

Since the Nuremberg trials of 1945–46, democracies have struggled to establish a legal infrastructure to hold accountable those responsible for genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. In this February 2012 conversation, experts discussed whether the mechanisms created by Nuremberg are up to the task today of delivering justice to the perpetrators of wartime atrocities and what strategies are required to deal with a new generation of non-state violent extremists. Read More

Forecasting Mass Violence: Developing a Public Early Warning System/ Sudikoff Annual Interdisciplinary Seminar

Virtually every study on the subject of the prevention of genocide and mass killing affirms that intervention is more likely to be successful the earlier it begins. Despite widespread recognition of the need for early warning, there is still no systematic, publicly available process for forecasting these atrocities. In October 2011 the Museum hosted a seminar to explore the key aspects of designing and operating such a system. Read More

Voices From Congo: The Road Ahead

On July 26, 2011, the Museum hosted Voices From Congo: The Road Ahead, a unique conference that brought to Washington a Congolese perspective on the political and human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and helped inform US policy on Congo with constructive ideas and recommendations. Read More

UN Secretary-General Tours the Museum

On February 28, 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Museum, touring the Permanent Exhibition on the Holocaust and the installation on contemporary genocide From Memory to Action, where he made a written pledge. “‘Never again’ is a clarion call to moral action,” he wrote. “It is for all people in all places in all times. Let us write a new history for humankind.” Read More

International Symposium on Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities

On November 15, 2010, leading genocide prevention and human rights officials and experts from around the world gathered together in Paris for an international symposium to assess the current capacities of governments to effectively respond to genocide and mass atrocities and to recommend strategies to enhance international cooperation.  The symposium was convened by the Museum and the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris. Read More

Our Walls Bear Witness: Sudan at the Crossroads

Projected on the Museum’s exterior walls for three evenings in November 2010, a short film and dozens of photographs opened a window into the lives of the people of South Sudan. The images were taken by Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Lucian Perkins, who joined Mike Abramowitz and Andrew Natsios on a Museum-sponsored bearing witness trip to assess conditions in South Sudan as the region prepared for a January 2011 referendum on its independence. Read More