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Reluctant Interveners: America's Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur
by Eyal Mayroz
Rutgers University Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-1-9788-0704-4 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-0705-1 | Paper: 978-1-9788-0703-7
Library of Congress Classification JZ6369.M378 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.151

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Why do we allow our governments to get away with “bystanding” to genocide? How can we, when alerted to the mass slaughter of innocents, still not take a stand? Reluctant Interveners provides the most comprehensive answers yet to these confronting questions, focusing on the complex relationships between the citizenry, the media, the political elites, and institutions in the most powerful nation in the world, the United States of America.

Eyal Mayroz offers a sobering account of the interactions between the governing and the governed, and the dynamics which transformed moral concerns for the lives of faraway “others” into cold political calculations. Exposed are the processes that turned the promise of “never again” to a recurring reality of ever again, the role of the office of the presidency in their advancement, and the resultant image of America as seen by the rest of the world. In a time of ubiquitous social media and populist revival, a greater role for the U.S. citizenry in decision-making on responses to genocide may be in the cards. The question is, in which directions will these trends take American foreign policy?

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