Peter Ronayne's Never Again? provides the reader with a provocative and comprehensive first look at American foreign policy as it relates to the prevention and punishment of gecide since the Holocaust. In the aftermath of World War II the United States and the world pledged to never again allow gecidal atrocities. Never Again? reveals that too often this bold promise has been a failed promise. The book chronicles how the United States has repeatedly missed opportunities or ethical leadership moments to stand up for human rights and save hundreds of thousands of lives when faced with gecide in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. At the same time, Ronayne explores how the U.S. has taken important action to bring about justice in the aftermath of gecidal crimes, despite its initial reluctance to even ratify the Gecide Convention. From this dual record of striking failures and important accomplishments emerge provocative questions about the United States' leadership on the world stage, global ethics and morality, and America's commitment to gecide prevention and punishment in the 21st century.
Peter Ronayne is senior faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is adjunct professor at the University of Virginia.