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Prof. Kassner: U.S. Had a 'Moral Obligation' to Stop the Killings in Rwanda

April 17, 2014
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Writing for E-International Relations, a leading website for students and scholars of international relations, the University of Baltimore's Joshua Kassner says the United States and other nations should have intervened during the mass killing that took place in the African nation of Rwanda 20 years ago.

"[D]espite the political rhetoric that appealed to the orthodox conception of sovereignty, not only was humanitarian military intervention permissible in Rwanda, it was a matter of moral obligation," Kassner, an assistant professor in UB's Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences and author of Rwanda and the Moral Obligation of Humanitarian Intervention, writes for the publication. "States mediate our interactions in the international arena and are uniquely well-positioned, both morally and practically, to effectively and efficiently fulfill the moral demands implied by the violation of basic human rights that occurred during the Rwandan genocide."

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