Moving Beyond ‘Technical Fixes’: Genocide Prevention and the United Nations

McLoughlin, Stephen (2016) Moving Beyond ‘Technical Fixes’: Genocide Prevention and the United Nations. In: The United Nations and Genocide. Palgrave Macmillan. (Accepted for Publication)

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Since the adoption of the Genocide Convention in 1948, the UN’s record as an effective preventive actor has been mixed at best. This paper charts some of the institutional ‘lessons learned’ in the UN. I argue that in recent decades the UN has made substantial improvements to its capacity for early warning and preventive diplomacy. This had a palpable effect in preventing an escalation of mass violence in at least three cases – Kenya, Libya and Cote d’Ivoire. However, it has had limited success in moving beyond what Mark Levene refers to as ‘technical fixes’, to addressing structural preconditions over the long term. To do this, the very idea of prevention, which the UN draws on, is itself in need of revision.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > History and Politics
Depositing User: Stephen McLoughlin
Date Deposited: 04 May 2017 13:22
Last Modified: 04 May 2017 13:22

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