NSF Workshop: To Intervene or Not?

Government Decision-Making in Times of Genocide and Mass Atrocities

University of Oregon and Decision Research
April 8-10, 2015
Eugene OR

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In hopes of clarifying and addressing the apparent disconnect between stated humanitarian aspirations and values and subsequent lack of commensurate actions, the UO GPI is hosting a workshop to be held from April 8th-9th, 2015, funded by the National Science Foundation. Paul Slovic and Robin Gregory will lead the workshop, assisted by David Frank and Michael Harstone. This workshop will draw from the work of decision analysts and workshop hosts, Paul Slovic and Robin Gregory and others (e.g., Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky, Howard Raiffa, Detlof von Winterfeldt, and Ralph Keeney).

In this workshop, participants and the public will be asked questions to better understand the underlying reasons why humanitarian values may collapse. Another goal of the workshop is to understand the thinking of decision makers who decide whether or not to intervene in other countries for humanitarian reasons.

This workshop will be part of the wider vision of this project that hopes to contribute to the academic literature on decision-making in contexts of genocide and mass atrocities, and to contribute to publications that address national security issues (e.g., Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy) directed to a wider audience of decision makers and the public.

For more information about this Workshop, visit the Genocide Prevention Initiative website, here.

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