Colonel Dwight Raymond joined the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) in 2009 after retiring from the U.S. Army as an Infantry Colonel. His military assignments included infantry leadership, command, and staff positions; faculty positions at the United States Military Academy and the US Army War College; theater-level plans positions in Korea; training and advisory assignments at the National Training Center; and in Iraq as an advisor to an Iraqi Army brigade. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Korean Samil Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Airborne, Ranger, and Pathfinder qualification badges. Dwight has a Bachelors Degree from the United States Military Academy and Masters Degrees from the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs, the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, and the US Army War College. He teaches electives at the US Army War College, has developed military doctrine related to Civilian Casualty Mitigation and the Protection of Civilians, and is one of the primary authors of the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Military Planning Handbook, the Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response Options (MAPRO) Policy Planning Handbook, and the Protection of Civilians Military Reference Guide.
According to Colonel Raymond:
Three actions are particularly important for preventing mass atrocities: exposure of perpetrators who are preparing to conduct mass atrocities and are beginning to take the initial steps; coherent national and international planning and activities to prevent pass atrocities (including addressing core structural grievances); and holding perpetrators accountable to achieve justice and deter future perpetrators.
Preventing mass atrocities is at the heart of being a good soldier, added Raymond. “I believe that the most important role of a soldier is to protect those who cannot defend themselves,” he said, “and consequently my work focuses on the protection of civilians, particularly with respect to the prevention and halting of mass atrocities.”
Raymond was an instructor at the U.S. Military edition of the Lemkin Seminar in September 2011 and is a contributor to the forthcoming book with fellow Lemkin instructors, Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention.