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Kyle Matthews
Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

Kyle Matthews is a Researcher in the Will to Intervene Project (W2i) at the Montreal Insititute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Kyle Matthews is the Lead Researcher for the Will to Intervene Project (W2i) at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. In 2009, W2i will introduce a report in conjunction with Romeo Dallaire on building domestic political will in the U.S. and Canada. The following is a review of The Responsibility to Prevent: A Report to Congress from the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation prepared this report with one target audience in mind, the US Congress. The crucial thrust of this policy report is that if concerned citizens want to further integrate regard for human rights into US foreign policy, the most effective way to achieve this goal is through funding. Given that Congress is responsible for enacting legislation and overseeing the approval of finances for government business, both domestically and overseas, it is of strategic importance to convey to these decision-makers their critical role in shifting from a culture of response to a culture of prevention. It is also very important to engage Congress so that it carries out its important democratic role of seeking accountability from the executive branch of the government. The report argues quite assertively that US foreign policy has become too militarized, and as a result, there is presently a dangerous capacity shortfall within the US ivilian agencies. The principle recommendation issued in the report is to ightsize the State Department (4). ()

Full Article: http://www.du.edu/korbel/hrhw/booknotes/2009/matthews-2009.html

The Responsibility to Prevent: A Report to Congress from the Friends Committee on National Legislation: http://www.responsibilitytoprotect.org/index.php?module=uploads&func=download&fileId=709
 

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