Bystanders to Genocide

MON, FEB 3, 2003 (1:39:25)

Samantha Power and Elizabeth Neuffer examine the US responses to genocide since the holocaust.

+ BIO: Samantha Power

Samantha Power is an Irish-American academic, author and diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017. Power began her career by covering the Yugoslav Wars as a journalist. From 1998 to 2002, she served as the Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she later became the first Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy. She was a senior adviser to Senator Barack Obama until March 2008, when she resigned from his presidential campaign after apologizing for referring to then-Senator Hillary Clinton as “a monster.”

+ BIO: Elizabeth Neuffer

Neuffer began her distinguished career with The Boston Globe in 1988. Over the years, she was a federal courts reporter, covered the Persian Gulf War in 1991, reported on the fall of the Soviet Union and the resignation of Mikhail Gorbachev, worked in the Globe‘s Washington bureau where she covered the Clinton Administration’s efforts to reform health care, served in Berlin as the paper’s European correspondent, and mostly recently worked as the paper’s United Nations correspondent and roving foreign correspondent. Most recently, she reported extensively from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. In 1997, Neuffer won the SAIS-Novartis Prize for Excellence in International Journalism for Buried Truth, a 10-part series of articles on war crimes in Bosnia and Rwanda. Paul Wolfowitz, then dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and now deputy defense secretary in the Bush administration, said at the time that the series demonstrated “exceptional qualities of reportorial perseverance, courage and commitment and brought important, unresolved issues to the publics attention.” Neuffer was a 1998 winner of the Courage in Journalism Award granted by the International Women’s Media Foundation. Elizabeth was an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of a book about war crimes and post-war justice, The Keys to My Neighbors House (2001). The book follows several people from the battlefield to the courtroom as they seek justice before the newly created ad hoc war crimes tribunals in Bosnia and Rwanda. She graduated with honors from Cornell University, with a degree in history. She also earned a masters degree in political philosophy from the London School of Economics. She speaks French, German and Russian.

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