MARO Project in the News

The Fort Leavenworth Lamp, May 10, 2012:An article in The Fort Leavenworth Lampdiscusses the Mass Atrocity Response Operations elective course being offered at the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center for the third time. The course uses the MARO Handbook as a core text and is a component of CGSC's Genocide and Mass Atrocity Studies Program.

PRI's The World, April 23, 2012:MARO Project Faculty Director Sarah Sewall was interviewed by Marco Werman about President Obama's speech on Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the emphasis he gave to preventing mass atrocities and genocide, particularly given today's first meeting of the Atrocities Prevention Board.

Harvard Kennedy School, January 5, 2012:An article by MARO Project Director Sally Chin featured on the Harvard Kennedy School's website discusses the groundbreaking conference hosted by the MARO Project in November 2011 in Germany with U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.

The Wall Street Journal, August 4, 2011:Writer Nathan Hodge discusses President Obama's Presidential Study Directive-10 (PSD-10) on mass atrocity prevention and highlights Sarah Sewall's efforts in inspiring the Defense Department to launch its own high-level initiative to make the military more ready and able to respond to mass atrocities.

The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2011:A Wall Street Journal article by Nathan Hodge discusses how the efforts of the MARO Project and the MARO Handbook are gaining more successful results, especially given the recent Libya intervention. Sarah Sewall explains that "the problem of mass atrocities, genocide prevention ... is that the military didn't think of it as a responsibility, so they didn't invest any time in trying to understand it." Praise for the Handbook comes from leaders such as Brig. Gen. James Lukeman, a senior deputy to General Carter Ham at AFRICOM, who said it is "a great tool to have" for thinking about the unique problems posed by mass atrocity interventions. A video clip, including parts of an interview with Sarah Sewall, accompanies the article.

The Washington Post, April 21, 2011:In an op-ed by Sarah Sewall and Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, former CENTCOM commander, titled "The military interventions we don't plan for - those to protect civilians," highlighting the ongoing situation in Libya, the authors argue that military planners are still in need of the appropriate tools to properly study and prepare for missions to stop mass atrocities.

Foreign Policy, April 7, 2011:A recent article on ForeignPolicy.com discusses the MARO Handbook and its relevance to the preparations leading to the Libya intervention in March 2011. Quoting MARO Project Director Sally Chin and PKSOI Representative Dwight Raymond, author Kimberly Johnson discusses the importance of the MARO concept, and the handbook, in adding legitimacy and providing guidance for planners dealing with international humanitarian interventions.

CNN, January 4, 2011:A recent CNN.com op-ed highlights the importance of the MARO Project's concepts given the possibility of mass atrocities in Southern Sudan with the January 9 referendum. The authors Chris Taylor, CEO of Mission Essential Personnel, and retired Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander of CENTCOM, emphasize the need to enshrine MARO internationally and for a permanent framework for future governments planning to halt mass atrocities, as offered through the MARO Project.

Impact, August 1, 2010:The work of Sarah Sewall, Faculty Researcher and Director of the MARO Project, is featured in ”Thinking About How to Stop Genocide” in the latest edition of the Kennedy School's quarterly research newsletter.

PKSOI Newsletter, July 15, 2010: The U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) includes news of the MARO Handbook release in its most recent newsletter.

International Affairs, July 1, 2010: Mass Atrocity Response Operations: A Military Planning Handbook was reviewed in the July issue of the journal International Affairs(The Royal Institute of International Relations). Reviewer Paul Williams said, "The [MARO Handbook] needs to be exported to other governments. Only when an international critical mass develops will the excuses for passivity in the face of genocide really dry up."

WIRED, May 4, 2010:MARO Project Director Sally Chin is quoted in Nathan Hodge's piece; “Pushing the Pentagon to Prevent Genocide.” Chin told Hodge, “the 2006 National Security Strategy states that the US may be required to stop genocide or mass killings through armed intervention — but until the 2010 QDR, no official source directed the military to prepare or plan for such a contingency.” The article goes on to outline the current US administration's areas of concern for the outbreak of mass atrocities and how the MARO Project is helping to fill the gap in military planning.

WIRED, April 29, 2009:The MARO Project gets front page billing in this Danger Room, national security piece by Nathan Hodge: “Drafting the Anti-Genocide Playbook.”