Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, advance e-copy available

22 January 2016

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is pleased to announce the digital release of the Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.

Written by Dr. Scott Straus, Fundamentals is geared toward practitioners and students seeking an introduction to key issues in the field. The volume analyzes the normative, legal, and operational opportunities and challenges associated with preventing genocide and mass atrocities to date, and identifies unresolved issues in this nascent field of study and practice. Fundamentals also offers important insights into opportunities to strengthen our understanding and ability to implement policies and programs to stop the world’s worst violence.

Geared toward practitioners and students seeking a preliminary introduction to key issues, this volume surveys research and policy questions at the heart of efforts to prevent genocide and mass atrocities. Among these questions are:

  • How are genocide and mass atrocity defined?
  • Why do genocide and mass atrocities occur?
  • What are the tools available to policy makers to prevent genocide and mass atrocities?
  • How can societies be rebuilt after genocide and mass atrocities?
  • How has the international community responded to atrocities in the past, and how can we think about trends in violence that might drive more effective future responses?

This volume will make these dilemmas approachable for an expanding community of activists, graduate and undergraduate students, scholars, policy makers, and civil society leaders.

An advance digital copy is now available so that instructors might review and plan for course inclusion. Please go to to download your free digital copy.

The final digital version of this Museum publication (that will incorporate final style and grammatical edits) will be available in late January. The hard copy of this book will be available for sale on Amazon by February 24, 2016. To receive a notification when it is published, please e-mail

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