“Never Again”: Mass Atrocity Prevention in the Twenty-first Century and the Responsibility to Protect

With guest speaker

Dr. Simon Adams
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P)

moderated by

Professor Rajan Menon
The City College, CUNY

May 46:308:00 pm

The City College, Center for Worker Education
25 Broadway, 7th floor
New York, NY 10004


This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide and the twentieth anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. It is thus a critical time for the human rights community to assess progress on the development of international norms, law, and efforts to prevent and halt genocide and other mass atrocities. At the heart of contemporary debates is the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine. While R2P has been considered an “emerging norm,” the application of R2P remains contested in international peace and security circles. Dr. Simon Adams, executive director of the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect, will discuss the R2P doctrine, its evolution over the past decade and a half, and challenges that impede consensus on when the international community of states should invoke R2P to protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes.

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CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, April 8

CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, April 8, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET). Audrey Kurth Cronin, distinguished service professor and director of the international security program at George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, will discuss U.S. counterterrorism policy and the existing threat posed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Dr. Cronin joined George Mason University as a tenured senior faculty member in September 2011. Prior to that, she was a faculty member and director of the core course on military strategy at the U.S. National War College from 2007 to 2011. She came to the war college from Oxford University, where she was director of studies for the Oxford/Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War from 2005 to 2007. She continues to be a non-residential senior research associate at Oxford. Before that, Dr. Cronin was a specialist in terrorism at the Congressional Research Service, where she was responsible for advising members of Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. She regularly consults with agencies in both the executive and legislative branches. Dr. Cronin is the author of “How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns.”

In order to encourage student participation, professors typically convene as a group in a classroom or their office around a speaker phone. Please reply to this email if you would like to make this call available to your students, and we will send you the toll-free dial-in number and password one day prior to the call.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to have your students review the following materials:

1) Audrey Kurth Cronin, “ISIS Is Not A Terrorist Group,” Foreign Affairs, March/April 2015.

2) James R. Clapper Jr., “James Clapper on Global Intelligence Challenges,” Video,, March 2, 2015.

3) Richard N. Haass, “Managing the ISIS Crisis,” Project Syndicate, February 23, 2015.

4) Stewart M. Patrick, “Transnational Terrorism: Three Things to Know,” Video,, February 18, 2015.

5) Janine Davidson, Defense in Depth, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

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Learn TV field production in China! We are now offering TV production courses in our summer study abroad China. The course is a once in a lifetime experience to produce a program in a Chinese setting, immerse yourself in Chinese culture, and work with other students.

Application deadline March 20.

Also: come and learn about an inexpensive way to travel and study in China! If you need financial aid, student loans, and scholarships, it is good to attend this info session now, so that you can start preparing early.

Information sessions will be held in 3439 Boylan Hall, from 1 to 2 p.m. on the following days:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

We welcome students from any campus in the U.S., so please help spread the word.

For more information about the program,

  1. Visit the program website:
  2. E-mail Professor Lu at 3. Call 718.951.5225 (ask for Ms. Sonia Garrick)

The Office of International Education & Global Engagement is pleased to announce Spring Passport Day at Brooklyn College! All Brooklyn College faculty, staff, and students may submit passport application documents right on campus. Friends, family, and neighbors are welcome too. The US Department of State Passport Office will have personnel available to review and accept your completed applications. Completed applications for a new passport or renewal should be brought to 1108 Boylan Hall on that day.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: 1108 Boylan Hall; Brooklyn College

For more information and details on what to bring, contact IEGE at 718.951.5189 or visit