Location: Social Sciences Building, 120 University Pvt. room 5028
SCOTT STRAUS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presented by the CIPS and the Security Studies Network.
Free. In English. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
Scott Straus will discuss his new book, Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership, and Genocide in Modern Africa in which he examines why genocide happens in some countries but not others. The talk will offer an appraisal of the state of the literature in genocide studies, new conceptual and theoretical approaches to genocide, and the prevention of mass atrocities. The talk will also reference case studies from the book, including the wars in Rwanda, Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali. The talk will be 40 minutes followed by a Q&A.
Scott Straus is a Professor of Political Science and International Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also serves as Associate Chair/Director of Graduate Studies of Political Science. Scott specializes in the study of genocide, political violence, human rights, and African politics. He has also published several books on Rwanda and in 2011 was named a Winnick Fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He co-edits the book series Critical Human Rights with Steve Stern. Before starting in academia, Scott was a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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