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‘Consequences of conflict’ series at UNCG

030613Feature_Consequences“The Consequences of Conflict” will be the theme of the Spring 2013 UNCG Center for Legislative Studies lecture series.

There will be two lectures:

  • “Remembering Genocide: Memorials, Tourists and the Politics of Suffering,” Dr. Sarah Kenyon Lischer, Wake Forest University – Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Stabilization & Reconstruction: Lessons from Afghanistan and Haiti,” Dr. Ann L. Phillips, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. David Holian, director of the center, noted the topic’s importance at this moment in history. “The series is important given the United States’ role in the world. What lessons can we draw from our decisions to intervene in, or stay out of, hot spots around the world?”

What might audience members draw from the series? “We hope attendees will think about the consequences of both U.S. intervention in conflicts around the world, as well as non-intervention,” he said. “For example, President Clinton has publicly apologized for his failure to intervene in the Rwandan genocide when he had the chance, stating that a few thousand international troops may have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. On the other hand, our decisions to intervene in places like Afghanistan, regardless of the justification, confer on the U.S. the responsibility to oversee stabilization and reconstruction long after events prompting the intervention have ebbed.”

The lectures will be in the Curry Building Auditorium. A reception follows each lecture.

Department of Defense visual, Afghanistan, Feb. 2013.