News and Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News
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News and Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News

Join us in downtown Overland Park from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. We'll announce the timely topic, facilitator, and suggested articles earlier that week to give everyone a chance to prepare for the conversation.

When: Wednesday, April 24
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: CommuniTea
7921 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, Kansas  66204
United States
Contact: April Diaz
(816) 423-2632

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About News & Views
Today, international news stories can change from minute to minute, and lectures and panel discussions can’t always dive in to the latest developments. News & Views, a new conversation-based series from the International Relations Council, brings together a small group of community members for respectful, substantive discussion around one of that week’s top international new stories. Facilitated by a seasoned member of the International Relations Council, the group meets in different informal settings around town, like a happy hour on the Plaza, for a guided conversation about a topic and articles that we’ll share just a few days in advance. Individuals of all backgrounds, interests, and perspectives are welcome – we just ask that you bring an open mind, thoughtful questions, and common courtesy. Registration is free but helps us with planning; individuals cover their own food and drinks.

Topic for April 24 News and Views
25 Years After Rwanda: Atrocity Prevention and U.S. Policy: 
During a period of roughly 100 days between April and July of 1994, nearly 8000,000 people were killed during a campaign of genocidal violence in Rwanda. Despite ample warnings of the atrocities to come, members of the international community failed to muster a meaningful response to protect civilians. Shocked by the events of Rwanda and other notorious events in the Balkans, the international community launched new multilateral and national efforts to enhance the protection of civilians, to prevent atrocities, and to hold perpetrators of crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes to account. Over the last quarter century, the U.S. record has been mixed. In some ways, the U.S. government -- which spearheaded the first international criminal trials at Nuremberg -- has been an active leader in the promotion of the protection of civilians agenda, while critics point to inconsistencies and a counterproductive relationship with accountability, to include its adversarial relationship with the International Criminal Court. Meanwhile, relatively recent atrocities in Syria and Myanmar have once again reminded U.S. policymakers, and indeed the international community more broadly, that the threat of mass atrocities is as real, and as hard to resolve, as ever. Come join us to discuss the past and recent history of mass atrocities and U.S. policy and explore the reasons why "never again" has proven an elusive concept.

About the Facilitator
Daniel R. Mahanty leads the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) in its efforts to promote the adoption of U.S. government policies that improve the protection of civilians in war. Prior to joining CIVIC, Dan spent 16 years at the U.S. Department of State, including tours in Morocco, Burundi, and Sweden, along with assignments focused on counterterrorism, rule of law, and human rights. Dan holds a Master's degree from Georgetown, and a Bachelor's degree from George Mason University. His writings have appeared in the National InterestUSA TodayDefense One, and other publications. He lives in Leawood, Kansas, with his wife Kristen, their two children, and a dog named Harper.



Suggested Readings

Genocide Policy Under Trump

UN Secretary General Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict Annual Report


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Future News & Views
While we don't know what international news topics will be front of mind in the coming months, we can at least save the date! As always, we're deliberate in moving the program around the metro area. If you have an idea for a fun location for a future News & Views, won't you let us know?

Thursday, May 23 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Waldo