Eyewitness to a genocide the united nations and rwanda by michael barnett read 14 nov 2016 having come to know someone from rwanda i decided to read this 2002 book by a professor who was working at the united nations in 1994 when the genocide in rwanda happened. The author comes down quite hard on the role of the united nations which at times seems a bit extreme what is interesting is the discussion of how framing the conflict in rwanda as a civil war as opposed to genocide affected the response of the international community. Eyewitness to a genocide is a highly sophisticated book that makes us rethink the role of the united nations enabling us to understand the operational ethics and geopolitical constraints that control this global organization supposedly dedicated to peace and justice. Michael barnett who worked at the us mission to the united nations from 1993 to 1994 covered rwanda for much of the genocide based on his first hand experiences archival work and interviews with many key participants he reconstructs the history of the uns involvement in rwanda. 1 michael barnett eyewitness to a genocide the united nations and rwanda with a new afterwardithaca cornell university press 2016 48 the un failed to respond
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