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I would like to introduce you to Sylvain Mbiye (Mushiba) Saluseke. He is the husband of a friend of mine, and a Congolese civil society activist. I introduce you to him because he has been detained without charges by Congolese security services in Kinshasa since March 17. His plight is both personal and historic. It is, of course, deeply…[Read more]
Bridget Conley wrote a new post, A dismal anniversary: four years of violence in Syria, on the site Reinventing Peace 1 month, 1 week ago
Syria just passed a dismal anniversary of four years of war and mass atrocities. There was a flurry of news stories and reports to mark the date, including Barry Malone’s essay, “You probably won’t read this piece […]
World Peace Foundation would like to express its support for the project, Naming the Ones We Lost–South Sudan Conflict. The power of memorializing acts of mass violence does not reside in the creation of narratives that are later deployed to justify new paradigms, policies or institutions– memory does not provide service to future agendas. The…[Read more]
Sanctions against spoilers can work if there is an effective and legitimate peace process. There is no such process in South Sudan today. Threats of force and sanctions by IGAD leaders are mere gestures of frustration, not components of a workable peace. However, sanctions could serve another purpose: fighting corruption. This is a worthwhile goal…[Read more]
Below is an excerpt from my recently published essay, “Who is the Subject of Atrocities Prevention?” in Global Responsibility to Protect, 6 (2014), 430 – 452. Full essay available here.
In 2004, political philosopher Jacques Rancière asked: ‘Who is the subject of the Rights of Man?’(1). A question at least as old as the French Revolution, it…[Read more]
Bridget Conley wrote a new post, The UN’s Darfur “Cover-up” and the Need for Reliable Conflict Data, on the site Reinventing Peace 5 months, 2 weeks ago
International peacekeeping operations are deployed to complicated and troubled places. Often, reliable information is scarce, rumors and poorly-founded allegations are common, and interpretation of events is highly politicized. Recent controversies around what is going on in Darfur illuminate the need for much better data.
A former UN official,…[Read more]
By Bridget Conley-Zilkic & Lauren Spink
While the precise details last night’s shooting of a young black man, Vonderrit Myers Jr. (18 years old), by a policeman in St. Louis, Missouri are still emerging, the events immediately triggered multiple causes for concern. This incident, like the August shooting of Michael Brown in the nearby town of…[Read more]
Bridget Conley wrote a new post, Chekhov’s Gun: mass atrocities and the pistol on the wall, on the site Reinventing Peace 6 months, 3 weeks ago
In the late 1800s, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov famously introduced a principle that would later come to be known as “Chekhov’s gun”: “if in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the […]
Bridget Conley wrote a new post, Amnesia: Iraq on the horizon of civilian protection issues, on the site Reinventing Peace 7 months, 1 week ago
For more detailed explanation of this data and graphic see Iraq Body Count.
If it weren’t for the cruel stakes of the violence, U.S. policy in Iraq would form the perfect parody of the idea that militarized response to threats against civilians is a viable policy, let alone that this tactic could be mistaken for a strategy. After all, given the…[Read more]
Up to 40,000 members of Iraqi minority groups are at severe risk from the advancing forces of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS/ISIL). The most urgent crisis, according to accounts from eyewitnesses, news and […]
Bridget Conley wrote a new post, Civilians reap what others sow: a commentary on today’s news round-up, on the site Reinventing Peace 9 months, 3 weeks ago
The news this week is particularly bad and worth highlighting not only for what it says about threats to civilians today, but how it might imply different strategies for civilian protection. Taken together, these stories suggest that there is an enormous protection gap where hubris once offered military intervention and promises of state-building…[Read more]
The New York Times this morning has an article that begs attention–not only for what it says about the mercenary (i.e. “private security”) firm formerly known as Blackwater, then Academi, merged with Triple Canopy, and now part of a new firm, Constellis Holdings– but for what it says about the state of defense spending and policy in the US. Is…[Read more]
Bridget Conley wrote a new post, Rights on Display: Museums and Human Rights Claims, on the site Reinventing Peace 1 year ago
Below is an excerpt from my chapter in the newly published volume The Human Rights Paradox: Universality and Its Discontents, ed. by Steve J. Stern and Scott Straus.
On April 22, 1993, President Bill Clinton […]
World peace today is too often viewed as a topic of the fuzzy-headed; serious people speak of security, stability or conflict resolution. This was not always the case. We are launching a regular blog feature […]
Bridget Conley wrote a new post, Setting the Agenda for Evidence-Based Research on Ending Mass Atrocities, on the site Reinventing Peace 1 year, 2 months ago
WPF staff Bridget Conley-Zilkic and Alex de Waal have published a new essay on ending mass atrocities in the Journal of Genocide Research (2014, 16:1, 55-76). Some excerpts are below and the full essay may be […]
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Bridget Conley wrote a new post, Subjects of Mass Atrocities: “Get out of my frame”, on the site Reinventing Peace 1 year, 4 months ago
Raoul Hilberg’s work on the Holocaust introduced into historical analysis of atrocity a set of subject positions borrowed from the language of criminal law—perpetrator and victim—augmented with a term to capture […]
Bridget Conley wrote a new post, Subjects of Mass Atrocities: Civilians and Populations, on the site Reinventing Peace 1 year, 4 months ago
It would be unreasonable to argue that there are inherent contradictions between the idea of protecting “civilians” and protecting “populations”—and yet today there is an effort to separate these terms for […]
Bridget Conley wrote a new post, Subjects of Mass Atrocities: Ethnic, National, Racial or Religious Groups, on the site Reinventing Peace 1 year, 4 months ago
This essay is part two of a series on “Who is the subject of mass atrocities?” Part one can be found here.
Studying violence under the rubric of genocide offers one contribution above all others: attention to the […]
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