Eyal Mayroz - Reluctant Interveners - Friday 8th November

Reluctant Interveners: America's Failed Response to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur

Launched by Prof. Simon Jackman, CEO, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

“Why do we allow our governments to get away with “bystanding” to genocide? How can we, when alerted to the mass slaughter of innocents, still not take a stand? Reluctant Interveners provides the most comprehensive answers yet to these confronting questions, focusing on the complex relationships between the citizenry, the media, the political elites, and institutions in the most powerful nation in the world, the United States of America.

Eyal Mayroz offers a sobering account of the interactions between the governing and the governed, and the dynamics which transformed moral concerns for the lives of faraway “others” into cold political calculations. Exposed are the processes that turned the promise of “never again” to a recurring reality of ever again, the role of the office of the presidency in their advancement, and the resultant image of the U.S., as seen by the rest of the world. In a time of ubiquitous social media and populist revival, a greater role for the citizenry in decision-making on responses to genocide may be in the cards. The question is, in which directions will these trends take American foreign policy?”

About the author: Dr Eyal Mayroz is a Lecturer in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney. He is also a member of the Genocide Prevention Advisory Network, an international group of experts who advise governments on the causes, consequences, and prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities.

“This serious, balanced, and compelling account of American ambivalence is sober but important reading. It could not be more timely.”

Edward C. Luck, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

“Sober and strong, this book focuses on the USA and its citizens and is an invitation to all to do what is possible and right.”

Andrea Bartoli, Dean, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

"A powerful and well-researched reality check thoughtfully reminding us of the enormous amount of research on domestic politics and foreign policy that remains to be done before genocide prevention can become a functioning international norm."

Frank Chalk, Professor of History and Research Director, MIGS, Concordia University


Date and time: Friday 8th November, 6pm for 6.30pm

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