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A Failure of Action
Michael Barnett was the Judge Warren White Distinguished Speaker on January 27, 2005
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While Rwandans killed each other by the thousands in 1993 and 1994, the United Nations stood by. Does it share the blame for the genocide? Michael Barnett, part of the U.S mission to the U.N. during that time, says yes, even as he reveals the careful ethical decisions behind the U.N.’s inaction. Barnett, the Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations at the University of Minnesota, says the world’s reaction to the Rwandan genocide is a lesson in our responsibilities during a humanitarian crisis. Related Links: Buy Eyewitness to a Genocide by Michael Barnett from FrontList Books! Rwanda: And the World Stood By Human Rights Watch Common Good 2004-2005 Online Forum