Understanding And Confronting The World Essay

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Understanding and confronting genocide is one of the most significant moral and practical challenges of our time, and political science is fundamental in completing that task. Although there are a number of academic fields capable, few are as uniquely situated as political science to understand this phenomenon - it is inherently political violence as it is almost always committed under the purview of the state. Using Erenesto Verdeja’s method as described in The Political Science of Genocide, we propose understanding genocidal intent not as a pre-existing notion, but as something that develops over time and space in each national context. By doing so, this researcher hopes to illuminate that intent is actually gradually developed, and so we can better enable observers to detect and identify this development. Additionally, it is imperative to understand the ways in which ideology influences the development of intent. Though notably not the same, understanding ideology opens the doors to understanding and identifying intent.
Introduction
“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” ― Tom Stoppard To some observers, it seems that this quote accurately captures the world’s collective memory when it must confront the horrors of genocide. It is fair to say that in some ways that the international community is more prepared to cross…

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