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The Politics of Genocide: From the Genocide Convention to the Responsibility to Protect
by Jeffrey S. Bachman
Rutgers University Press, 2022
Paper: 978-1-9788-2150-7 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-2149-1 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-2146-0
Library of Congress Classification KZ7180.B33 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 345.0251

Beginning with the negotiations that concluded with the unanimous adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide on December 9, 1948, and extending to the present day, the United States, Soviet Union/Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France have put forth great effort to ensure that they will not be implicated in the crime of genocide. If this were to fail, they have also ensured that holding any of them accountable for genocide will be practically impossible. By situating genocide prevention in a system of territorial jurisdiction; by excluding protection for political groups and acts constituting cultural genocide from the Genocide Convention; by controlling when genocide is meaningfully named at the Security Council; and by pointing the responsibility to protect in directions away from any of the P-5, they have achieved what can only be described as practical impunity for genocide. The Politics of Genocide is the first book to explicitly demonstrate how the permanent member nations have exploited the Genocide Convention to isolate themselves from the reach of the law, marking them as "outlaw states."

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