Bridget Conley publications

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How Mass Atrocities End: Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Iraq. (“Introduction” and “Bosnia-Herzegovina: Endings Real and Imagined”)

Edited by, Bridget Conley-Zilkic (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Given the brutality of mass atrocities, it is no wonder that one question dominates research and policy: what can we, who are not at risk, do to prevent such violence and hasten endings? But this question skips a more fundamental question for understanding the trajectory of violence: how do mass atrocities actually end? This volume presents an analysis of the processes, decisions, and factors that help bring about the end of mass atrocities. It includes qualitatively rich case studies from Burundi, Guatemala, Indonesia, Sudan, Bosnia, and Iraq, drawing patterns from wide-ranging data. As such, it offers a much needed correction to the popular ‘salvation narrative’ framing mass atrocity in terms of good and evil. The nuanced, multidisciplinary approach followed here represents not only an essential tool for scholars, but an important step forward in improving civilian protection.


Book Chapters

“The Pistol on the Wall: How Coercive Military Intervention Limits Atrocity Prevention Policies” in Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention, edited by Sheri Rosenberg, Tibi Galis, and Alex Zucker. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“Who is the Subject of Atrocities Prevention?” in Mass Atrocities, Risk and Resilience: Rethinking Prevention, edited by Stephen McLoughlin, Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2015.

“Rights on Display: Museums and Human Rights Claims.”The Human Rights Paradox: Universality and its Discontents, edited by Steve J. Stern and Scott Straus, 61-80. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2014

 “What Do You Want?: On Witnessing Genocide Today.”The Power of Witnessing: Reflections, Reverberations, and Traces of the Holocaust, ed. Nancy R. Goodman and Marilyn Meyers (London, New York: Routledge, 2012).

with Ariana Berengaut. “Displacement and Genocide.” Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, ed.Immanuel Ness, Peter Bellwood, Alex Julca, Donna, Gabaccia, Saër Maty Bâ, Sari Safitri (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).

From Memory To Action: How a Holocaust Museum Works to Prevent Genocide.”Museums Fighting for Human Rights, ed. Greg Chamberlain (England and Wales: Museum-ID, 2011).

with Samuel Totten. “Easier Said Than Done: The Challenges of Preventing and Responding to Genocide.”Century of Genocide, Third Edition (New York, London: Routledge, 2008).

“Speaking Plainly About Chechnya: On the limits of the juridical model of human rights advocacy” in Non-Governmental Politics, ed. Michel Feher (Brooklyn, NY: Zone Books, 2007).


Essays, Articles & Op-Eds

Conley-Zilkic, Bridget. “What Counts at the End? Questioning Consensus Questioning Consensus in the Construction of Mass Atrocity Narratives,” Global Responsibility to Protect 9:1, 15 – 37

The Politics of Protection’: Assessing the African Union’s Contributions to Reducing Violence Against Civilians” International Peacekeeping 24:2, 566 – 589, 2017.

What Counts at the End Questioning Consensus in the Construction of Mass Atrocity Narratives” Global Responsibility to Protect 9:1, 15 – 37, 2017.

Preventing and Respond to Mass Atrocities: Insights for the African Union” World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, African Politics, African Peace Research Briefing Paper, June 2016.

Clashing Measures of Legitimacy in African Security Sector Reform: Implications for Efforts to Protect Civilians” Human Security Institute at The Fletcher School, Occasional Paper, June 2016, 1:3.

with Saskia Brechenmacher and Aditya Sarkar. “Assessing the anti-Atrocity Toolbox” World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Occasional Paper, February 2016.

 “Who is the Subject of Atrocities Prevention?” Global Responsibility to Protect, Vol.6, Issue 4:430 – 452, 2014

with Alex de Waal.“Setting the Agenda for Evidence-based Research on Ending Mass Atrocities.” Journal of Genocide Research, Volume 16 Issue 1: 55-76, 2014

with de Waal, Alex. “What Sir William Would do in Syria.” The New York Times. September 5, 2013

with de Waal Alex, and Jens Meierhenrich. 2012.  “How Mass Atrocities End: An Evidence Based Counter Narrative.” Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vo.l 35:3 (Winter 2011)

with David Small. “From Memory To Action: Engaging Visitors in a Holocaust Museum.”Interpretation: Journal of the Association for Heritage Interpretation (2011)

with Alex de Waal. “Reflections on How Genocidal Killings Are Brought to an End.” Social Science Research Council’s collection of online forums, (2006).

 “For Chechnya’s Women, Hope Dies Last,” Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 3 No. 3, 2004.

“What Barbed Wire Can’t Enclose”, Alphabet City 7: Social Insecurity (Toronto), Sept. 2000.


Exhibitions and Multimedia Productions

Host, Voices on Genocide Prevention, monthly online audio interview program (January 2008 – August 2011).

Curator, From Memory To Action: Meeting the Challenge of Genocide Today, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (open 2009 – 2014).

Producer, multimedia presentation, Our Walls Bear Witness, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (November 20 – 27, 2006)

Producer, “Defying Genocide” (15 mins., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Committee on Conscience, 2006).

Curator, Abandoned At Srebrenica: Ten Years Later, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, (July 2005).

Producer and Director, “Darfur Eyewitness” (10 mins., U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Committee on Conscience, 2005).


Interviews, Lectures & Remarks

Podcast: New Books Network, How Mass Atrocities End:  Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq