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Structuring the US Government to Prevent Atrocities
The Stanley Foundation

In early August, the Obama administration mandated under a presidential study directive (PSD-10) the creation of a standing Interagency Atrocities Prevention Board (APB) to coordinate a whole-of-government approach to mass atrocity prevention and response.
As part of its 52nd annual Strategy for Peace Conference, the Stanley Foundation convened some 30 US government officials and mass atrocity specialists near Washington, DC, on October 13–15, 2011, to discuss the prospects and challenges confronting the ongoing interagency review that will inform the design and approach of this freshly mandated structure.
The dialogue, chaired by Ambassador David Scheffer, considered immediate and future needs of an Atrocities Prevention Board, as well as ways in which concurrent implementation of State and USAID’s 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) might reinforce the APB’s broader interagency process. Speaking from perspectives that span the USG interagency structure, participants strove to isolate shifts that would most effectively promote the efforts of those across the US government central to preventing mass atrocity crimes.
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