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Report on the prevention of genocide

September 24, 2009

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Will to halt genocide lacking, panel says
Report urges Canada to build diplomatic corps in ‘fragile’ nations, challenges media

Robert Fowler helps unveil the Will to Intervene report on the prevention of genocide at an Ottawa news conference on Sept. 22, 2009. The Canadian Press

Canada lacks the political will and diplomatic might to prevent future genocidal horrors by intervening early and often, concludes a high-profile panel of foreign policy experts that includes Robert Fowler, the career diplomat who was released this year after being kidnapped by al-Qaeda.

The authors of a 139-page report by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights insist soft-power measures like diplomatic warnings and cuts to foreign aid can often avoid the need for military intervention.
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