International Order & Conflict
Project Note

Upcoming Meetings – Atrocities Prevention Study Group

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The Atrocity Prevention Study Group (APSG) is an innovative, safe, and reliable space where sitting government officials, scholars, and NGO representatives come together to discuss both practical and theoretical aspects of atrocity prevention on an unclassified, non-partisan, non-attributable basis. The APSG connects policymakers, practitioners and experts to share resources and knowledge on atrocity prevention and identify challenges, good practices, lessons learned, and policy options. It is a one-of-a-kind forum for keeping stakeholders inside and outside of U.S. government up-to-date with the latest atrocity prevention scholarship in order to deepen understanding of potential atrocity situations and serve as a resource for decision-making.

The APSG meets monthly to discuss a range of thematic and regional atrocity prevention topics. For more information on the APSG, please contact Jim Finkel at [email protected].


February 20, 2020 – The Expanding Role of Mercenaries and Its Implications for the Laws of Armed Conflict

  • Dr. Sean McFate, Georgetown University & National Defense University
  • Professor Mike Newton, Vanderbilt University
  • Brittany Benowitz, American Bar Association
  • Andrea Harrison, International Committee of the Red Cross/Crescent

March 19, 2020 – Book Talk by Joyce E. Leader 

  • Joyce Leader, former Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador in Rwanda, author of the new book “From Hope to Horror: Diplomacy and the Making of the Rwanda Genocide.”

April 15, 2020 – Atrocity Risk List Analysis

  • Benjamin Valentino, Dartmouth University
  • Laurie Smolenski, Institute of Economics and Peace
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