Publication Date

Spring 2016


Helms School of Government


International Relations


Genocide is not a new problem facing the international community that can and must be addressed. This thesis examines the problems with defining genocide and offers a working definition, which can be used to identify mass killings as genocide. There are numerous examples of genocides occurring in the past, though each for a different reason. International organizations such as the United Nations, the United States as the world’s premier super power, and non-state actors all play a key role in genocide intervention. The International Criminal Court was established as a permanent judicial body to preside over international cases of human rights offenses. The ultimate goal must be to provide a solution to prevent genocide from ever occurring again.