Former Secretaries of State Issue Positive Reviews
For Immediate Release
January 15, 2009
Contact: Andrew Hollinger, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 202-488-6133
Lauren Sucher, United States Institute of Peace. 202-429-3822
(Washington, DC) – As the nation approaches the swearing in of America’s 44,th president, and as the 114th Congress gets underway, a group of bipartisan leaders joins the Genocide Prevention Task Force’s call for the new administration and congressional leaders to make preventing genocide and mass atrocities a national priority.
The Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, was jointly convened by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The American Academy of Diplomacy and the United States Institute of Peace. Its recently released report, Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers, offers practical recommendations on how to prevent genocide and mass atrocities.
“We are keenly aware that the incoming president’s agenda will be daunting from Day One. But preventing genocide and mass atrocities is not an idealistic addition to our core foreign policy agenda. It is a moral and strategic imperative,” said Secretaries Albright and Cohen.
A number of influential individuals have lauded the Genocide Prevention Task Force report.
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III said of the report, The Genocide Prevention Task Force is right: When it comes to responding to genocide, the choice should not be between doing nothing and large-scale military action. The former is unconscionable; the latter is often politically impossible. But developed countries working with the United States can cooperate to agree upon early prevention strategies. An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure. The task force's blueprint for preventing genocide appears to be a reasonable approach that American political leaders should consider because one thing is evident, mass atrocities and the regional instabilities sparked thereby can threaten American values and interests.”
Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher commended the report, calling it a “unique blueprint for preventing genocide rather than relying on military force which always seems to come too late.”
Justice Richard Goldstone, who served as Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, said: “This is a superb report. It convincingly demonstrates that the prevention of genocide is consistent with the core values and in the national interests of the U.S.”
Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers has also been praised by officials from a number of foreign embassies and several non-governmental organizations. The release of the report has been widely covered in national and international media.
This month, the Genocide Prevention Task Force continues to brief key figures and other audiences on its findings and recommendations. The task force was funded by Humanity United and other private organizations. About the Convening Organizations:
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a living memorial to the Holocaust, inspires citizens and leaders to confront hatred, promote human dignity and prevent genocide. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanence, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by donors nationwide.
The American Academy of Diplomacy is dedicated to strengthening the resources and tools America brings to managing its diplomatic challenges, and accomplishes this through outreach programs, lectures, awards, and writing competitions. In doing so, the Academy promotes an understanding of the importance of diplomacy to serving our nation and enhancing America’s standing in the world.
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.