A Flicker of Hope? Implications of the Genocide Designation for Religious Minorities in Iraq

By: Jeremy P. Barker

In the summer of 2014, ISIS captured international headlines when it became clear that the group was no longer simply concerned with fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Its objective was solidifying control of new territory in an attempt to create a so-called Islamic State and reinstate the caliphate.

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To Stop Genocide, Defeat ISIS

By: William Inboden

While all genocides are horrific and appalling, not all genocides take place in the same political circumstances. Some genocides result from a totalitarian despot’s absolute control of his territory during peacetime, thus enabling him (and thus far genocidal dictators have almost always been “hims”) to target for extermination a particular group of his subjects. 

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"Preserving What ISIS Sought to Erase"—After the Genocide Declaration

By: Alberto M. Fernandez

On March 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of State joined a wide spectrum of other organizations in declaring that the Islamic State had carried out genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shi’a Muslims under its control. This welcome declaration came after weeks of handwringing in the Obama administration about whether or not there was enough evidence for such a designation. The U.S. House of Representatives, unanimously, and the EU Parliament had already made that decision.

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The Moral Imperative to Prevent—Not Just Name—Genocide

By: M. Zuhdi Jasser

As the threat of ISIS rages on, and the terror organization continues to target minorities—especially minority Yezidis, Muslims, Christians, and women—it is natural and right for the world to classify ISIS as genocidal, and treat their crimes accordingly.

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Beyond Genocide: Toward Justice and Conciliation After ISIS

By: Eric Patterson

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the actions of Islamic State (ISIS) constituted genocide. I will leave it to others to go into detail about the specific findings that led to this conclusion, but I will comment on why the United States has a unique and critical role to play with regard to this genocide determination and talk about concrete next steps in the pursuit of justice and security.

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