Data Limitations as an Impediment to Genocide Intervention

Cyanne E. Loyle, Christian Davenport

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This chapter begins with the basic contention that accurate data on violence are needed for a military intervention to halt genocide. Tactics of intervention include economic sanctions, mediation and dispute resolution, and diplomatic as well as military intervention. The chapter also focuses on data limitations as an impediment to military intervention once genocide is ongoing and argues that before intervention of any type is possible it is first necessary to gather a minimum threshold of data on the actors and actions at work. It explores the ways in which the reliability, or lack thereof, of conflict data can be an impediment to military intervention. The chapter explores these limitations within the case of Rwanda and discusses the ways in which data limitations complicated efforts toward rapid military intervention. It presents a series of recommendations to help activists and policymakers attempt to overcome these limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationImpediments to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide
Subtitle of host publicationGenocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review: Volume 9
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781351513289
ISBN (Print)9781412849432
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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