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Tools for Atrocity Prevention

The Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center aims to understand better how policymakers can take effective action to prevent mass atrocity crimes and protect civilian populations in situations where they face serious threats of group-targeted, systematic violence.

Thus, we have reviewed the research on selected tools used to help prevent atrocities.

Explore Research

Explore the research on these tools — including what factors are associated with their successful use — and read case illustrations about where and how the tools have been used.
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Prohibitions on weapons transfers

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Coercive measures that target the economic capacity of a state

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Aid that promotes economic growth, welfare, and humanitarian relief

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Severing or downgrading diplomatic relations to signal disapproval

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A non-legal conflict management process facilitated by an external actor

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Public condemnation of perpetrators of mass atrocities

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The official barring of legal proceedings against certain individuals or groups

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Deployment of military and/or civilian personnel to a conflict zone to promote peace

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Legal proceedings against suspected perpetrators of mass atrocities

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Aid that promotes another state’s defense

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Aid provided by a foreign state to a rebel group

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Coercive measures that target the assets or activities of individuals or corporations

Diplomatic relations and activity between two countries

Attacks on computer systems or networks

Information gathering efforts on conflicts and/or violations of international law

Introduction of foreign military forces into a conflict

Non-invasion, peacetime troops stationed in a host state

Diplomatic relations between multiple states or through international institutions

A country’s public-facing diplomatic efforts

The legal and physical protection of refugees

Promises made to protect or respect a party’s security

Assistance to help civilian communities protect themselves

Economic measures that seek to incentivize specific state behavior