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Genocide and the Europeans By Karen E. Smith (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Genocide and the Europeans
by Karen E. Smith (London School of Economics and Political Science)

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A unique study of the questionable responses of major European governments to purported genocides, and their attitudes towards the 1948 Genocide Convention. Karen E. Smith analyses why European governments have been reluctant to use the term genocide to describe many cases of atrocities, and to take any coercive action.
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Genocide and the Europeans by Karen E. Smith (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Genocide is one of the most heinous abuses of human rights imaginable, yet reaction to it by European governments in the post-Cold War world has been criticised for not matching the severity of the crime. European governments rarely agree on whether to call a situation genocide, and their responses to purported genocides have often been limited to delivering humanitarian aid to victims and supporting prosecution of perpetrators in international criminal tribunals. More coercive measures - including sanctions or military intervention - are usually rejected as infeasible or unnecessary. This book explores the European approach to genocide, reviewing government attitudes towards the negotiation and ratification of the 1948 Genocide Convention and analysing responses to purported genocides since the end of the Second World War. Karen E. Smith considers why some European governments were hostile to the Genocide Convention and why European governments have been reluctant to use the term genocide to describe atrocities ever since.

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'Karen Smith has never ducked the big and difficult questions about European foreign policy, and in this important new study she tackles one of the most challenging of all - how to respond to the possibility of a genocide occurring in other countries. Her analysis is original, empirically rich, and morally sobering. It is the most substantial contribution to the literature on European international relations of recent years.' Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge
'Europe prides itself on being a normative power, but this remarkable book asks Europe to be humble. Smith reveals that European governments and the EU as such did little in response to repeated acts of genocide in Rwanda, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Darfur. They even failed to call 'genocide' by its name and frequently attempted to avoid obligations arising from the Genocide Convention and from the social norm against genocide. Few books on European foreign policy have been so revealing and well argued. Genocide and the Europeans is an extraordinary achievement and is strongly recommended to all students interested in European politics and international relations.' Jan Zielonka, University of Oxford
"Karen Smith has never ducked the big and difficult questions about European foreign policy, and in this important new study she tackles one of the most challenging of all - how to respond to the possibility of a genocide occurring in other countries. Her analysis is original, empirically rich, and morally sobering. It is the most substantial contribution to the literature on European international relations of recent years." - Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge
"Europe prides itself on being a normative power, but this remarkable book asks Europe to be humble. Smith reveals that European governments and the EU as such did little in response to repeated acts of genocide in Rwanda, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Darfur. They even failed to call `genocide' by its name and frequently attempted to avoid obligations arising from the Genocide Convention and from the social norm against genocide. Few books on European foreign policy have been so revealing and well argued. Genocide and the Europeans is an extraordinary achievement and is strongly recommended to all students interested in European politics and international relations." - Jan Zielonka, University of Oxford
"This carefully executed study lays out in great detail the difficulties governments and international organizations have in agreeing on a definition of genocide and the travails that follow onto the differences in governments..." -Gary Freeman,University of Texas

About Karen E. Smith (London School of Economics and Political Science)


Karen E. Smith is Reader in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has written extensively about the European Union's foreign relations, including the role that human rights may play in those relations, and was the winner of the 2007 Anna Lindh Award for excellence in research on European foreign and security policy. Her most recent books include European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World (2nd edition, 2008) and The European Union at the United Nations: Intersecting Multilateralisms (with Katie Verlin Laatikainen, 2006).

Table of Contents


1. The norms against genocide; 2. European governments and the development of the international legal framework on genocide; 3. European discourses on genocide during the Cold War; 4. Bosnia and Herzegovina; 5. Rwanda; 6. Kosovo; 7. Darfur; 8. Is there a European way of responding to genocide?

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GOR009962617
Genocide and the Europeans by Karen E. Smith (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Karen E. Smith (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2010-10-07
288
052111635X
9780521116350
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