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All the Missing Souls

A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals
Scheffer, David (Book - 2012)
All the Missing Souls

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Within days of Madeleine Albright's confirmation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 1993, she instructed David Scheffer to spearhead the historic mission to create a war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. As senior adviser to Albright and then as President Clinton's ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, Scheffer was at the forefront of the efforts that led to criminal tribunals for the Balkans, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia, and that resulted in the creation of the permanent International Criminal Court. All the Missing Souls is Scheffer's gripping insider's account of the international gamble to prosecute those responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and to redress some of the bloodiest human rights atrocities in our time. Scheffer reveals the truth behind Washington's failures during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the anemic hunt for notorious war criminals, how American exceptionalism undercut his diplomacy, and the perilous quests for accountability in Kosovo and Cambodia. He takes readers from the killing fields of Sierra Leone to the political back rooms of the U.N. Security Council, providing candid portraits of major figures such as Madeleine Albright, Anthony Lake, Richard Goldstone, Louise Arbour, Samuel "Sandy" Berger, Richard Holbrooke, and Wesley Clark, among others. A stirring personal account of an important historical chapter, All the Missing Souls provides new insights into the continuing struggle for international justice.
Authors: Scheffer, David
Title: All the missing souls
a personal history of the war crimes tribunals
Published: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2012.
Characteristics: x, 533 p., [16] plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Notes: Human rights and crimes against humanity.
Contents: Introduction : ambassador to hell
An echo of Nuremberg
It's genocide, stupid
Credible justice for Rwanda
Abandoned at Srebrenica
The pastor from Mugonero
Unbearable timidity
The siren of exceptionalism
Futile endgame
Rome's aftermath
Crime scene Kosovo
Freetown is burning
The toughest cockfight
No turning back
Postscript on law, crimes, and impunity.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9780691140155
Branch Call Number: 340.092 SCH
Statement of Responsibility: David Scheffer
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Scheffer, David. Lawyers United States Biography. United States. Dept. of State Officials and employees Biography. International criminal courts History 20th century. United States Foreign relations 1993-2001.
Topical Term: Lawyers
International criminal courts
LCCN: 2011032314
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To hear an interview of the author, go to CBC Radio's "Dispatches" web site for the Feb. 23, 2012 program (rebroadcasted on Feb. 26, 2012) at: http://www.cbc.ca/dispatches


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