Kathy Gockel is an independent policy analyst, who was previously a fellow in the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project at Search for Common Ground. She is reviewing the Genocide Prevention Task Forces Preventing Genocide: a Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers, which is also linked below.
Preventing Genocide: a Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers states that because genocide equires planning and is carried out systematically then its signs and symptoms can be recognized and addressed. This linkage between planning and systematic action gets to the very heart of the report, reventing genocide is a goal that can be achieved with the right organizational structures, strategies and partnerships in short with the right blueprint. The problem for the U.S. Government? It currently lacks the blueprint. ()
Political will is then linked to the second major challenge: the lack of a coordinated, whole-of-government approach to policy formulation and implementation. The report offers concrete examples of how current aps impact U.S. policy. For example, there is no one person or group in the Administration with responsibility for coordinating genocide prevention efforts. As the report states, reventing genocide appears to be a responsibility held simultaneously by no one and everyone in the U.S. foreign policy apparatus. It goes on to offer specific recommendations as to how this gap can be addressed such as creating a standing interagency mechanism, an Atrocities Prevention Committee, directed from the White House and co-chaired by senior officials from the NSC and State Department.
Why Political Will is Not Enough: http://www.du.edu/korbel/hrhw/booknotes/index.html
Preventing Genocide: a Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers: http://www.usip.org/genocide_taskforce/pdf/FINAL%20REPORT.pdf