We asked experienced practitioners: What makes targeted sanctions more likely to prevent atrocities?
February 2, 2023
As part of our “Lessons Learned in Preventing and Responding to Mass Atrocities” project, the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide interviewed experienced practitioners working on targeted sanctions in the US government to summarize experiential knowledge about the use of targeted sanctions to help prevent mass atrocities.
More Dangerous By the Day: The Taliban’s Attack on Women and Girls
January 26, 2023
Women and girls in Afghanistan are enduring deepening human rights violations and waves of violence. A group of UN experts says the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls may amount to gender persecution, a crime against humanity.
Risks of Mass Atrocities in Ethiopia Remain High Despite Peace Deal
December 20, 2022
Civilians in Ethiopia have suffered war crimes and crimes against humanity over the past two years of armed conflict, including targeting on the basis of real or perceived identity. The Simon-Skjodt Center urges vigilance as civilians continue to face attacks despite an agreement to cease hostilities.
Distilling the Atrocity Prevention Literature: A Guide for Policy Makers and Researchers
December 12, 2022
To help policy makers and researchers seeking to understand the key findings from our Lessons Learned project, we distill and summarize evidence about success factors associated with the effectiveness of atrocity prevention tools.
Countries at Risk for Mass Killing 2022–23: New Early Warning Report
November 29, 2022
Pakistan, Yemen, and Burma/Myanmar top the list of countries at risk for new mass killing in 2022 or 2023, according to the Early Warning Project’s latest annual Statistical Risk Assessment.
Mass Atrocities in Ukraine: Assessing Risks of Significant Escalation
November 17, 2022
On October 11, 2022, the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide convened a private roundtable with presentations by three Ukraine experts to discuss potential scenarios of mass atrocity escalation in Ukraine and preventive options for policy makers. This blog distills key themes from the discussion.
Will Justice Follow Peace in Ethiopia?
November 9, 2022
On November 2, following formal peace talks mediated by the African Union, the Ethiopian government and regional forces from Tigray have agreed to a permanent cessation of hostilities. But will justice follow peace in Ethiopia?
Our Enduring Commitment to Syria
August 29, 2022
Remarks by Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, at an event on Syria, held at the British Embassy in Washington DC.
Nine Years Since Ghouta: Reflecting on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria
August 22, 2022
Reflections on the horror of the 2013 chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime on Ghouta and the many lives lost, and the numerous other attacks, using chemical and conventional weapons, launched on its own people by a regime, still in power and rooted in impunity.
Inching Towards Justice: The 8th Anniversary of the Yezidi Genocide
August 11, 2022
August 3, 2022 marked the eighth anniversary of attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on the Yezidis of northern Iraq. Eight years on, the need for justice remains unabated. Thousands of Yezidis are still missing, their families in anguish.