New Collaboration Seeks to Develop Innovative Policy Tools to Prevent Mass Atrocities

October 1, 2008

Washington, DC – The Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Program, a collaboration between Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the U.S. Army’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), has concluded its first Expanded Group Meeting, September 24-25 in Washington, DC.

Approximately 50 members of the larger military community met during the conference to assess the second edition of the Annotated Planning Framework, which aims to serve as an actionable plan for military operations in response to mass atrocities.

Keynote Speaker Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, former Chief of Staff of the Army, expressed his strong approval for the project and hope for its role in future military operations. Closing remarks from international human rights advocate Mia Farrow displayed the applicability of the MARO Project to the human rights crises of today and its necessity to prevent the tragedies of tomorrow.

“Building upon the Carr Center’s work in the field of genocide and intervention, this initiative addresses conceptual and operational voids in state preparedness to stop mass atrocities,” Said Sarah Sewall, Carr Center director.

Funded by a generous grant from Humanity United, this event was the first of three conferences which seek to assess the efficacy of these adaptive planning tools in difficult environments. Through upcoming meetings in December, governmental and non-governmental actors will also present their perspective, ultimately allowing the MARO Project to enhance interagency assessment and planning capacity for mass atrocity situations and promote informed national decision making.

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Colonel Kardos and General Sullivan

Col. Kardos (L) and keynote Speaker Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan (R), former Chief of Staff of the Army, at the event. Photo credit Graham Ball.

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