Reluctant Interveners: America's Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur

Eyal Mayroz (Author)


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Why do we allow our governments to get away with "bystanding" to genocide? How can we, when alerted to the mass slaughter of innocents, still not take a stand? Reluctant Interveners provides the most comprehensive answers yet to these confronting questions, focusing on the complex relationships between the citizenry, the media, the political elites, and institutions in the most powerful nation in the world, the United States of America.

Eyal Mayroz offers a sobering account of the interactions between the governing and the governed, and the dynamics which transformed moral concerns for the lives of faraway "others" into cold political calculations. Exposed are the processes that turned the promise of "never again" to a recurring reality of ever again, the role of the office of the presidency in their advancement, and the resultant image of America as seen by the rest of the world. In a time of ubiquitous social media and populist revival, a greater role for the U.S. citizenry in decision-making on responses to genocide may be in the cards. The question is, in which directions will these trends take American foreign policy?

Product Details

Rutgers University Press
Publish Date
November 15, 2019
6.0 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

EYAL MAYROZ is a lecturer in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia. He has researched and written extensively on the relationships between the U.S. public, the media, and American foreign policy on genocide. He is a member of the Genocide Prevention Advisory Network, an international group of experts who advise governments on the causes, consequences, and prevention of genocide, and other mass atrocities.


"This serious, balanced, and compelling account of American ambivalence is sober but important reading. It could not be more timely."--Edward C. Luck "School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University "
"Genocide will not happen again if societies and governments respond properly. Sober and strong, this book focuses on the USA and its citizens and is an invitation to all to do what is possible and right."--Andrea Bartoli "Dean, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University "
"Religious restrictions are on the rise" interview with Eyal Mayroz--"God Forbid" ABC interview
"A powerful and well-researched reality check thoughtfully reminding us of the enormous amount of research on domestic politics and foreign policy that remains to be done before genocide prevention can become a functioning international norm."--Frank Chalk "Professor of History and Research Director, MIGS, Concordia University "
"Highly recommended." --Choice
"Mayroz's book helps all of us, governmental or not, American or not, to look inward to see whether we are doing the right thing, and enough of it."--World Nutrition

Interview with the book Author: Eyal Mayroz, "Reluctant Interveners: America's Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur," at: https: //

--New Books in World Affairs podcast