Sanford Professor to Serve on Genocide Task Force

Bruce Jentleson, a professor at Duke University's Sanford Institute of Public Policy, has been selected to serve in advisory capacity for a new Genocide Prevention Task Force chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

The task force aims to make genocide prevention a national priority and move the problem into the mainstream of U.S. foreign policy deliberations. By the fall of 2008, it will provide operational recommendations to the incoming U.S. presidential administration on preventing and responding to mass atrocities.

“The world’s pledge after the Nazi Holocaust was ‘never again,’ ” Jentleson said. “Too often, though, it’s been ‘yet again.’ American leadership is crucial if we are to live up to that solemn pledge.”

The task force is a joint project of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the American Academy of Diplomacy and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Gen. Anthony Zinni (U.S. Marine Corp. Ret.), who will join the Sanford Institute in January as a visiting lecturer, is among the Genocide Prevention Task Force members.  Jentleson was tapped for a subcommittee focusing on preventive diplomacy.

Jentleson, a U.S. foreign policy and Middle East expert, has written numerous articles and books dealing with prevention of armed conflict, including Opportunities Missed, Opportunities Seized: Preventive Diplomacy in the Post-Cold War World, a project of the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999). He is currently writing a book titled First Principles: Force and Diplomacy in the Contemporary Era.

In a related activity, Jentleson also will participate in a symposium on Dec. 10 in New York City sponsored by the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations Center for Preventive Action. Jentleson will participate in a panel discussion that will review the last decade of work on conflict prevention.

Contacts: Bruce Jentleson, bwj7@duke.edu (919) 613-9208; or Karen Kemp, kkemp@duke.edu (919) 613-7394.