Interventions

N. “act of coming between . . . so as to modify or prevent a result . . . situated between in place, time, or order” (OED)

If “intervention,” a “coming between,” has a broad purview, the genocide and atrocity crime intervention that readily comes to mind is military. As recent events in Libya, Iraq, and Syria illustrate, however, military intervention is problematic and only one of many possible intervention options, which includes diplomatic, legal, economic, humanitarian, and therapeutic modalities. This program thematic explores not just this range of interventions, but reflects critically on discursive, structural, and genealogies that undergird them and generate more or less effective outcomes.