Genocide in Rwanda: Retrospective considerations

Why did the international community fail to prevent and stop the Rwandan Genocide? The Rwandan genocide materialised as one of the most severe cases of mass murder in the post World War II period and represented a violation of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention of Genocide in full view of the United Nations (UN) (Magnarella 2002: 25; Prunier 2009: 29). The genocide began following a fatal attack on President…

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“Old” and “New” Wars: futile distinctions?

The debate about new wars has gained a lot of currency in recent years. Scholars out of the field of International Relations as well as Peace and Conflict Studies argued that contemporary wars are qualitatively different form the nature of earlier wars; a distinction between old and new wars has to be made in order to analyse todays conflict in a more efficient way. The new war thesis has been…

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