Genocide and International Relations: Changing Patterns in the Transitions of the Late Modern World

My new book is out (even if the Cambridge website still says 'not yet published', it's on Amazon UK including Kindle)! The North American edition will be published next month and you can pre-order now. 'Genocide and International Relations lays the foundations for a new perspective on genocide in the modern world. Genocide studies have… Continue reading Genocide and International Relations: Changing Patterns in the Transitions of the Late Modern World

Syria and Egypt: genocidal violence, Western response

The contradictions of the crisis: on openDemocracy: Syria's war is posing acute problems to western political leaders. The largest-scale use of chemical weapons to date, in opposition-held areas east of Damascus on 21 August 2013, killed over 350 civilians and hospitalised 3,000 more. The crisis this has unleashed is bringing the United States and France… Continue reading Syria and Egypt: genocidal violence, Western response

Understanding Today’s Genocides – The Snare of Analogy

A short paper published by Global Dialogue (paywall). The spectre of genocide is always that of a repeat of the last genocide. Many Israelis, faced with the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon, fear a 'second Holocaust'. The UN works to prevent 'another Rwanda', and genocide campaigners believe that one happened in Darfur. Genocide politics… Continue reading Understanding Today’s Genocides – The Snare of Analogy

Palestine and Genocide Revisited

The difficulties of serious debate about Palestine: this short commentary has just appeared in Holy Land Studies (12, 1, 2013, 1-8; below is a draft version). The same issue includes an excellent piece by Farid Abdel-Nour, 'From Critic to Cheerleader: The Clarifying Example of Benny Morris' "Conversion"', the clarification being relevant to all who try to… Continue reading Palestine and Genocide Revisited

Historical Sociology and International Relations: The Question of Genocide

A new piece just published in the journal e-International Relations Although most International Relations scholars recognise in principle the historical variability of their subject matter, IR theory is often written as though relatively timeless qualities of the modern international system are the most significant. The system is commonly described as ‘Westphalian’, as though the principles… Continue reading Historical Sociology and International Relations: The Question of Genocide

Genocide and International Relations: new book

I have now finished the final corrections to Genocide and International Relations, and Cambridge University Press expect to have copies available in October. This book moves on from the conceptual focus of What is Genocide? (2007) to develop an interpretation of historical and contemporary patterns. With the subtitle Changing Patterns in the Upheavals of the Late Modern World,… Continue reading Genocide and International Relations: new book

Paul Preston, The Spanish Holocaust, review

A draft of my review of this important new book, published this month in the Journal of Genocide Research, 15, 2, 2013. Paul Preston, The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain. New York: Harper, 2012. What happened in Spain in the 1930s has hardly been reckoned with in that country even eight decades… Continue reading Paul Preston, The Spanish Holocaust, review

Genocide in Latin America during the Cold War: book review

Draft of my review of Marcia Esparza, Henry R. Huttenbach, and Daniel Feierstein (eds.), State Violence and Genocide in Latin America: The Cold War Years. London: Routledge, 2010. To appear in Democracy and Security, September 2012. Latin America was the site of much political violence in the Cold War period but - apart from the… Continue reading Genocide in Latin America during the Cold War: book review

Once more on ‘left-wing’ genocide denial

The Guardian journalist George Monbiot has written a further article, 'See No Evil', on the denial by Edward Herman and David Peterson of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and the genocidal massacre at Srebrenica, Bosnia, in 1995, in their book The Politics of Genocide which includes a supportive Preface by Noam Chomsky. Monbiot is responding… Continue reading Once more on ‘left-wing’ genocide denial