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Join the conversation “live” with Dr. Peter Maguire, the author of “Law and War: International Law and American History” (2010) and “Facing Death in Cambodia” (2005).
Peter is a historian and former war-crimes investigator whose writings have been published in the International Herald Tribune, New York Times, The Independent, Newsday, and Boston Globe. He has taught law and war theory at Columbia University and Bard College.
This episode focuses on the violations of national and international laws during ethnic and religious wars, and how conflicts with ethnic and religious elements could be resolved to create a pathway for peace and security. The interview will be based on relevant lessons learned from Dr. Peter Maguire’s work in Cambodia and how his findings on the Cambodian genocide (1975 – 1979) could help us understand what happened (or what is currently happening) in other countries where genocides and ethnic cleansing have occurred or are occurring. To be briefly referenced in the conversation are the genocide of Indigenous Americans (1492-1900), Greek genocide (1915 – 1918), Armenian genocide (1915 – 1923), Assyrian genocide (1915-1923), the Holocaust (1933-1945), Romani Genocide (1935-1945), Nigerian civil war and the massacres of the Biafran people (1967-1970), Bangladesh genocide (1971), massacres of Hutus in Burundi (1972), Rwandan genocide (1994), Bosnian genocide (1995), the Darfur War in Sudan (2003 – 2010), and the ongoing genocide in Syria and Iraq. From a general perspective, we will examine how the international laws have been violated, as well as the ineffectiveness of the international community in preventing genocides before they occur and their failure in bringing some of the perpetrators to justice. In the end, efforts will be made to discuss how the other types of conflict resolution (diplomacy, mediation, dialogue, arbitration, and so on), could be utilized to prevent or resolve conflicts with ethnic and religious components.
Tune in by calling +1- (323) 642-1236 on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2 PM in Eastern Time (New York time, U.S.A.) to listen to the show and add your voice to the discussion.