Agents of Atrocity: Leaders, Followers, and the Violation of Human Rights in Civil War

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Who is responsible for the terror, atrocities and violations of human rights that occur in civil wars? Blame can be placed on the actual perpetrators of the massacres, rapes, and pillaging, but it should also be placed on the leaders who manipulate violen

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"Agents of Atrocity provides an incisive and elegant treatment of the problem of the all too common horrors of mass murder, rape and plunder in military conflict. Using compelling theory combined with careful historical assessments of three civil conflicts (in Israel, Russia and England), Neil Mitchell places the focus squarely on the role of leaders in amplifying or moderating atrocities in armed conflicts. While the richness of the cases themselves is sufficient reason to read this book, the implications for anticipating atrocities and reducing their occurrence make it essential for those who seek to study or practice human rights and security policy."-- Hans Jenkins-Smith, Professor of Public Policy, Texas A&M University

"Agents of Atrocity is an excellent and important book filling a void in contemporary human rights research. By focusing not only on the decision-makers who are at the head of abusive governments, but also on the agents who physically commit those abuses and the relationship between the two, Mitchell enhances our understanding of the dynamics of carnage. This book should be read by all who wish to understand how and why governments commit such horrific crimes, and steps that can be taken to prevent them."-- Steven C. Poe, University of North Texas

"This is an erudite, literate, fascinating volume. Mitchell explains why political leaders sometimes prevent, sometimes ignore, and sometimes encourage violence, while followers, if not properly controlled, are frequently motivated by rape, loot, and sadism. Mitchell brings the individual back into the study of human rights and shows how in practice, as well as in law, international standards of accountability can moderate political violence. The book is a pleasure to read, and hard to put down." --Rhoda Howard-Hassmann Wilfrid Laurier University

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NEIL J. MITCHELL is Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK.

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