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Climate Change and Mass Atrocities: A New Research Frontier
August 16, 2017
As climate change increasingly affects societies worldwide, its links with mass atrocities warrants further exploration. However, rigorous studies are few and far between. While there is some evidence to suggest a link between climate change and mass atrocities, more work should be done to understand the nature of those links, what types of climate impacts affect atrocities, and how a better understanding of the relationship might influence prevention activities.
The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Violence
July 24, 2017
An immersive audio visual experience that connects strangers across the world in real time.
Ferencz International Justice Initiative Hosts Screening of Syria’s Disappeared
May 17, 2017
Syrian survivors joined the filmmaker and an international justice expert to discuss options for justice and accountability for mass atrocities in Syria.
Holocaust Survivor Al Munzer Speaks at US Capitol to Spotlight Atrocities Against Syrian Civilians
March 21, 2017
Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer Alfred Münzer calls for the protection of Syrian civilians to be front and center of US foreign policy and the world’s attention.
Syria’s Tragic Milestone: Six Years of Atrocities
March 15, 2017
March 15, 2017 marks the 6th anniversary of the civil war in Syria, a conflict which has cost more than 400,000 lives and forced half a nation to flee.
Holocaust Survivor Margit Meissner Speaks at US Capitol Event Focused on Assad Regime Atrocities
July 16, 2015
Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer Margit Meissner urged listeners to transcend politics and create an effective response to the crisis in Syria.
On The Fourth Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War: A Case for Prevention
March 18, 2015
The fourth anniversary of the Syrian civil war is this week, and the statistics showing the human toll of the conflict are bleak. Nine children are killed in Syria every day. 6-percent of the population has been killed, maimed, or wounded. Life expectancy has fallen by 27-percent, from 75.9 years to 55.7 years. And 3.3 million Syrians have fled and are living as refugees in neighboring countries; 7.6 million people are internally displaced.
Marking the Fourth Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict
March 13, 2015
On the fourth anniversary of the uprising in Syria, the Museum calls for effective and sustained efforts to end the horrific suffering of the Syrian people, who are in the midst of the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II and facing the threat of genocide.
Why More Mass Killings in 2013, and What It Portends for This Year
January 13, 2014
In a recent post, I noted that 2013 had distinguished itself in a dismal way, by producing more new episodes of mass killing than any other year since the early 1990s. Now let’s talk about why. Each of these mass killings surely involves some unique and specific local processes, and people who study in depth the societies where mass killings are occurring can say much better than I what those are. As someone who believes local politics is always embedded in a global system, however, I don’t think we can fully understand these situations by considering only those idiosyncratic features, either. Sometimes we see “clusters” where they aren’t, but evidence that we live in a global system leads me to think that isn’t what’s happening here.
Does the United States Have a “Responsibility to Protect” the Syrian People?
September 6, 2013
It’s hard to see how the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) would not apply in the case of Syria, where more than 100,000 people have been killed, five million displaced from their homes, two million refugees sent fleeing, and numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity committed, including with chemical weapons, according to independent human rights monitors and the UN. Yet there is one person who has studiously avoided invoking R2P: President Obama.