Since January 2011, the AIPR Blog has published news and opinion on the topic of genocide and mass atrocity prevention. The personal opinions of the authors published do not reflect the views of AIPR or our partners.

Burundi: An R2P Success Story Now on the Brink


Frequent AIPR guest blogger Dominique Fraser, post-graduate student and former president of the R2P Student Coalition at the University of Queensland, returns today with an overview of the recent flare-up of violence in Burundi. Previously for AIPR, Ms. Fraser has covered issues related to R2P and mass atrocity prevention in the Central African Republic, Sudan and Myanmar.

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Presidential elections in Burundi are set for the 26th of …

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Myanmar and Pillar II of the Responsibility to Protect


This month’s AIPR Blog post was written by Dominique Fraser, a current post-graduate student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her Honours thesis examines peacekeeping in Africa and the relationship between the African Union and the UN. Her research interests also include mass atrocity crime prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). In previous blog posts for AIPR, Ms. Fraser analyzed the ongoing turmoil in the Central …

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UN Emergency Peace Service and R2P


History has shown the importance of both robust and timely action in the face of mass atrocities. With this in mind, proponents of the United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS) aim to create a permanent standing UN military service to protect civilians in extreme risk. In today’s guest post, Annie Herro, a professor at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and author of …

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UNAMID: An Effective Force for Prevention?

More than a decade after civil society across the globe mobilized to end mass atrocities in Darfur, reports of mass rapes and killings continue to trickle out of western Sudan. In today’s blog post, AIPR guest blogger Dominique Fraser, who most recently analyzed the conflict in CAR, scrutinizes the impact of UNAMID, the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, for its failure to provide sustainable peace …

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Do the Right Thing: Exploring Corporate Social Responsibility with Owen Pell

Welcome to the latest edition of AIPR’s Podcasts in Prevention. Our last interview tackled Early Warning Systems with University of Otago lecturer Dr. Charles Butcher. Today’s podcast features an interview conducted by Samuel Gillespie with Owen Pell, a partner at White and Case LLP in New York City and an AIPR Board Member. Pell’s areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, litigation involving foreign sovereigns and their …

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Iraqi Minorities: The Responsibility to Protect

Today’s guest post on the threats facing ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq—and steps the international community can take to protect these vulnerable groups—was written by Romsin McQuade, an undergraduate student at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has previously written about Iraq’s Assyrian community for The Telegraph UK and about his own identity as an Assyrian in a column for his university newspaper, The Temple News. As with all …

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Interview with early warning forecasting expert Dr. Charles Butcher

Welcome to the first edition in a new podcast series from the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. My name is Samuel Gillespie and today I will be discussing early warning forecasting, a new strategy in the field of genocide prevention. Joining me today is Charles Butcher PhD, a lecturer at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies out of the University of Otago in New Zealand. As …

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The Early Warning Project: Can Expert Crowd-Sourcing Spot the Next Atrocity on the Horizon?

Today on the AIPR Blog, Daniel Solomon, an independent researcher on mass atrocity issues who blogs at Securing Rights, discusses The Early Warning Project, a new mass atrocity forecasting program that combines statistical forecasting with crowd-sourced intelligence from a pool of invited experts, of which Solomon is among.
In December 2008, the final report of the Genocide Prevention Task Force (GPTF), a high-profile convening of U.S. officials and policy experts, described …

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Can It Happen Here? Early Warning Forecasting in Cameroon

In today’s guest post, Dickinson College student and AIPR Communications Intern Sam Gillespie applies an early warning systems (EWS) lens to Cameroon, where he is currently studying.
“It could never happen to me.” Whether our nature or just a common sense of denial, most would agree that humans rarely think they will become the victim of an unfortunate event. This spans from third graders thinking they won’t be picked last …

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R2P Response to Crisis in CAR: Too Little Too Late?

After more than one year of worsening religious and ethnic-strife in the Central African Republic, recent months have seen wider international attention to the conflict and authorization of a United Nations peacekeeping operation. In this month’s guest post, Dominique Fraser analyzes the latest developments in CAR, including application of the R2P norm to this troubled landlocked state. Ms. Fraser received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Peace …

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