Killing Neighbors: Social Dimensions of Genocide in Rwanda

August 25, 2005 // 2:00pm3:00pm

A presentation and discussion with Lee Ann Fujii, 2005 Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellow. Her research investigates the social dimension of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in the spring of 1994. Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution moderated the discussion.

The presentation focused on the question of how ordinary people came to participate in genocidal violence against their own neighbors, friends and family. The research is based on 9 months of fieldwork in Rwanda and interviews with killers, victims, bystanders, resisters, and rescuers from two rural villages.

Ms. Fujii is pursuing a doctorate in Political Science at the George Washington University. She is a 2005 Africanist Doctoral Candidate Fellow at the Wilson Center, and her findings will form the basis for her forthcoming dissertation which she plans to complete in the spring of 2006.

Michael O'Hanlon is a Senior Fellow and Syndey Stein, Jr. Chair at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of numerous books and articles and previously served as a Defense and Foreign Policy Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. His latest book, Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era was published by the Brookings Institution Press earlier this year.


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