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Sarah Kenyon Lischer
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Sarah Kenyon Lischer is an associate professor of political science at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She is the author of Dangerous Sanctuaries: Refugee Camps, Civil War, and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Aid (Cornell University Press, 2005). She has published on the topics of humanitarian crises, military intervention, African politics, and forced migration in International Security, Global Governance, the Harvard International Review, Civil Wars, and The American Scholar. Lischer has been awarded several fellowships and grants by, among others, the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. One of her current research projects examines the effects refugee repatriation on political violence in the home country, with particular attention to the case of Rwanda. She is also working on a book about the causes of human rights atrocities, such as genocide, mass killing, and ethnic cleansing.

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American Democracy Looks Pretty Good... From Cambodia

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 9:20 AM

As host of the ASEAN summit and the historic first visit of a US President, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen cleaned up his act--literally. On the eve of the summit, the road from the airport boasted gleaming pavements, well-lit streets, and exquisitely landscaped medians. Most likely, arriving heads of state...

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Western Amnesia Encourages Atrocity in Sudan

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 2:58 PM

After the Holocaust, Western nations raised the rallying cry of 'never again.' Originally intended as a covenant -- eternal, unbreakable -- the phrase has actually become a mantra, endlessly repeated. 'Never again' we pronounce after each successive genocide, with greater fervor and rising desperation. Implicit in the pledge is the...

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No Refuge for Somali Refugees

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 5:52 PM

Famine victims leaving Somalia are beyond desperate. Half dead, they are spending all their meager resources to stumble into neighboring Kenya in hopes of finding refuge. After all, they are refugees. International law mandates their protection. The moral imperative to help our neighbor demands the provision of basic human needs....

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Why Western Aid Won't Save Somalia

(15) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 5:51 PM

If only we could blame drought and poverty for the famine in the Horn of Africa that would be so simple. Wealthy donor states could quickly send food, medicine, and tents to the starving, diseased, and displaced. Millions of people would be saved. Altruism would triumph.

Instead, ruthless leaders engage...

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