Past and Concluded Projects

Al-Shabaab Ex-Combatants & Perpetrators Research Project

Christian Taylor, Project Director and Lead Grad Student Investigator
Alexandra McDermott, Project Co-Director
Tanner Semmelrock, Project Co-Director

This project investigates defections from the Al-Shabaab insurgency in Somalia through interviews with former Al-Shabaab combatants.

Published results:

Rwandan Diasporic Project

Claudine Kuradusenge, Project Director

Diaspora communities hold an important role in the development and implementation of peaceful initiatives as well as the financial support of armed conflicts. Linking at least two countries, they have the political power to promote their social group’s needs while influencing the cultural and political decisions in their homeland. This project explored the evolution of the Rwandan identity within the Diaspora communities as well as the mobilization 'for or against' President Kagame's third term. Rwandans around the world are shaped by a consciousness formed around a trans-generations shift in narratives of identity. In other words, this project is explored the new generations of Rwandans, in diaspora, and reflected on their sense of identity and civil mobilization.

Published results:

Genocide & Atrocity Prevention Graduate Student Study Group

Sani Zanovic, Project Director

The Genocide & Atrocity Prevention Graduate Student Study Group met to help S-CAR graduate students produce cutting-edge research and writing in the field of Genocide Studies, and to provide a platform for GMU students to pursue creative and inspiring projects that enrich the GMU community. Workshop participants met to discuss and plan student-led activities, and to revise their ongoing writing projects, with the goal of transforming past graduate coursework at S-CAR into outstanding academic journal articles in the field of Genocide Studies; and to share and workshop dissertation chapters. 

Published results:

  • 6 graduate student articles published in peer reviewed journals, and 2 chapters in edited books. See “research” tab above.

Genocide Prevention Network (GPN)

Sara Saghar Birjanidian, Project Director

The Genocide Prevention Network (GPN) worked to strengthen relationships between genocide prevention scholars and practitioners, policy makers, civil society actors, and communities. Building on the strong relationships established over the last four years in the Great Lakes region of Africa through GMU’s Genocide Prevention Program, GPN identified understudied and underdeveloped entry points for the installment of preventative mechanisms and tools at local, national, and regional levels. GPN functioned at two levels: (1) supporting local partners in Africa’s Great Lakes region to strengthen mass atrocity prevention and (2) producing scholarly research and analysis that will catalyze critical discussions and develop analytic and normative frameworks for prevention in diverse fields of study and practice.

Genocide Prevention in Africa Initiative (GPAI)

Kofi Goka, Project Director
Chukwuma Onyia, Associate Project Director

This initiative contributed to the study and practice of Genocide Prevention in Africa through scholarly research and publication, including engaged research in African countries.This work focused on studying individual cases of genocide in Africa while paying close attention to the larger political and social dynamics of genocide, across the continent and globally. From this foundation of intimate regional knowledge, combined with the study of global social and political dynamics, GPAI deepened scholarly understanding of how and why genocides take place in particular societies and in the world as a whole, and of the potential for meaningful and responsible action to prevent genocide and promote social reconciliation after genocide.

Corporate Responsibility and Genocide Initiative (CRGI)

Sarah Federman, Project Director

The Corporate Responsibility and Genocide Initiative (CRGI) built on Sarah Federman’s doctoral research on the French train company's (SNCF) role in the WWII deportations and the ensuing U.S. conflict that exists today fueled by unhappy survivors. The CRGI met to study corporate involvement in genocide and mass atrocities, both historically and in contemporary contexts. The two-fold goal of the initiative was to generate scholarship and a greater awareness of corporate accountability in mass atrocities while building partnerships between victims and survivors, corporations, and global civil society institutions to work towards finding solutions to help corporations serve as productive contributors to global society.

Identity Policies and African Genocide Project (IPAGP)

Adeeb Yousif, Project Director

Situational identity, where individuals and groups claim political power based on identity, has become a major source of insecurity for people in Sub-Saharan Africa–Countries. Political instability and bloody conflicts and genocide have resulted from these negative forms ethnic identification, tribalism, tribal fanaticism, regionalism, religious intolerance, and tribal agglomeration, resulting in tens or hundreds of dead and wounded victims in the region. The human rights situation in the region continues to deteriorate, and civilians still bear the brunt of human rights violations that are motivated by identity politics—these ideas have psychological effects, narrating differences between the in-group and the out-group, between the us and them, which can lead people to kill each other.