One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide

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Dezember 2006



In the spring of 1994, eight-hundred thousand Rwandan Tutsis and Moderate Hutus were killed in a horrific genocide. One Hundred Days of Silence is a scathing look at the challenges of humanitarian intervention, the history of U.S. policy toward the 1994 Rwanda genocide, and the role of genocide in the larger context of strategic studies. It looks at the principal questions of what the U.S. knew, and why it didn't intervene, and how non-intervention was justified within the American bureaucracy.


Chapter 1 Missed Opportunities
Chapter 2 The "Somalia Hangover": Peacekeeping Reformed
Chapter 3 The "Dangerous Spring of 1994"
Chapter 4 Getting Out
Chapter 5 A Bureaucratic Nightmare
Chapter 6 Calling It Genocide
Chapter 7 Too Little, Too Late
Chapter 8 Wrong Actions: What the United States Should Have Done
Chapter 9
Appendix A: Chronology of U.S. Policy Toward Rwanda, 1992-1994
Chapter 10
Appendix B: List of Interviews
Chapter 11
Appendix C: Flow Chart of Rwanda Decision-making Process
Chapter 12
Appendix D: 1948 Genocide Convention
Chapter 13
Appendix E: UN Charter, Chapter VI
Chapter 14
Appendix F: Clinton's 1998 Apology in Rwanda


Jared Cohen, a Rhodes Scholar, received his BA from Stanford University and his Master's in International Relations from Oxford University. He is the author of Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East.


Jared Cohen interviewed those who usually have been overlooked by scholars and journalists-Rwandans and mid-level U.S. Government officials. His bold freshness of approach was the starting point for this arresting analysis-equally fresh-of exactly how the U.S. Government's ability to act morally in the Rwandan genocide crisis was immobilized. -- James Lowell Gibbs, Jr., Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Stanford University The U.S., along with the rest of the international community, failed to respond in any constructive way to stop the killing of roughly 800,000 people in Rwanda during the spring of 1994. This book represents a commendable effort to investigate the Clinton administration's response to evidence of genocide that seemed undeniable by the May... Many interviews recorded here provide an account of what middle-level policy makers supposedly thought and said, and why minimal efforts to respond were thwarted by bureaucratic politics. Cohen, who now works for the U.S. State Department, explains why even the proposal that the U.S. jam incendiary radio stations was rejected, and a decision to provide military vehicles to a resuscitated UN force was delayed for an interminable period of time. Highly recommended. CHOICE Cohen's book supplies greater detail than previous works about the beaurocratic decision-making that allowed the genocide in Rwanda to continue with impunity for ten long weeks. Journal Of Genocide Research, January 2009 After the Holocaust, many nations vowed "never again." But genocide occurred in Rwanda, and no nations moved to stop it. How could this occur? In this thoughtful and carefully researched work, Jared Cohen provides chilling answers. Anyone interested in human rights and preventing genocide should read this book. -- Joseph S. Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard, and author of Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics These essays are an excellent starting point on the subject, and trail blazes to encourage more research until Africa is no longer a place where terrorism can have a foothold. Terrorism and Political Violence
EAN: 9780742552371
ISBN: 0742552373
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2006
Seitenanzahl: 230 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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