11 August 2011

In an article published yesterday in Foreign Policy, Strauss Center Associate Director Celeste Ward Gventer gives her opinions on a new Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities. Gventer asserts that, though its intentions are noble, its timing is off.

The directive proclaims, "Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States." Gventer describes three additional problems with the broader initiative tied to the directive. First is the problem of creating policy prescriptions for generalized conflicts when each conflict is different. Second, the directive could be construed as just the latest justification for U.S. interventionism. Third is that the product of this initiative is not likely to be worth what it will cost to generate.

Read the full article for more details on her argument.