A press release from Zoryan Institute informs, “The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS), headed by Israel W. Charny, President, and the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute), headed by Roger W. Smith, Chair, are pleased to announce that they have co-founded a new academic journal, Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (GSP), published in partnership with the University of Toronto Press. GSP is the official journal of the IAGS.”

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GSP’s mission is to understand the phenomenon of genocide, create an awareness of it as an ongoing scourge, and promote the necessity of preventing it, for both moral and pragmatic reasons. It seeks to educate, inform, and encourage new generations of scholars to conduct research on genocide and provide a forum for those who wish to work toward preventing it. This interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal will stress that genocide is a universal human experience; to that end, it will publish scholarly articles and reviews on all aspects of genocide and will welcome, in particular, comparative analyses and articles on intervention in and prevention of genocide.

The twentieth century has been called “The Age of Genocide.” Some historians estimate that over 100 million lives were lost in the twentieth century as a result of violence associated with genocide. From the extermination of the Hereros in what is now Namibia, through the genocide of the Armenians during World War I and the Holocaust during World War II, to the genocidal killings of Khmer by Khmer in Cambodia and the horrible massacres Bosnia and Rwanda, governments around the world refused to intervene. It became clear that the attention of the world needed to be focused on the massive destruction of human life. To that end the International Association of Genocide Scholars was formed, and it has now created a new journal to help focus the world’s attention on the necessity of saving human life.

More info on the journal here and here.