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Book Talk. Architectures of Violence: The Command Structures of Modern Mass Atrocities by Kate Ferguson
Please join us for a discussion with Kate Ferguson, author of Architectures of Violence: The Command Structures of Modern Mass Atrocities (Oxford University Press, 2020). Moderated by Tanya Domi (Harriman Institute).

Paramilitary or irregular units have been involved in practically every case of identity-based mass violence in the modern world, but detailed analysis of these dynamics is rare. Through exploring the case of former Yugoslavia, Kate Ferguson exposes the relationships between paramilitaries, state commands, local communities, and organised crime present in modern mass atrocities, from Rwanda and Darfur to Syria and Myanmar.

Visible paramilitary participation masks the continued dominance of the state in violent crises. Political elites benefit from using unconventional forces to fulfil ambitions that violate international law—and international policy responses are hindered when responsibility for violence is ambiguous. Ferguson’s inquiry into these overlooked dynamics of mass violence unveils substantial loopholes in current atrocity prevention architecture.

Jan 20, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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