All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals

All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals

by David Scheffer
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Princeton University Press
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All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals

Within days of Madeleine Albright's confirmation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 1993, she instructed David Scheffer to spearhead the historic mission to create a war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. As senior adviser to Albright and then as President Clinton's ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, Scheffer was at the forefront of the efforts that led to criminal tribunals for the Balkans, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia, and that resulted in the creation of the permanent International Criminal Court. All the Missing Souls is Scheffer's gripping insider's account of the international gamble to prosecute those responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and to redress some of the bloodiest human rights atrocities in our time.

Scheffer reveals the truth behind Washington's failures during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the anemic hunt for notorious war criminals, how American exceptionalism undercut his diplomacy, and the perilous quests for accountability in Kosovo and Cambodia. He takes readers from the killing fields of Sierra Leone to the political back rooms of the U.N. Security Council, providing candid portraits of major figures such as Madeleine Albright, Anthony Lake, Richard Goldstone, Louise Arbour, Samuel "Sandy" Berger, Richard Holbrooke, and Wesley Clark, among others.

A stirring personal account of an important historical chapter, All the Missing Souls provides new insights into the continuing struggle for international justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691157849
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 01/27/2013
Series: Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Series
Pages: 568
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Ambassador to Hell 1


CHAPTER ONE: An Echo of Nuremberg 15

CHAPTER TWO: It's Genocide, Stupid 45

CHAPTER THREE: Credible Justice for Rwanda 69

CHAPTER FOUR: Abandoned at Srebrenica 87

CHAPTER FIVE: The Pastor from Mugonero 108

CHAPTER SIX: Unbearable Timidity 124


CHAPTER SEVEN: The Siren of Exceptionalism 163

CHAPTER EIGHT: Futile Endgame 199

CHAPTER NINE: Rome's Aftermath 227


CHAPTER TEN: Crime Scene Kosovo 251

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Freetown Is Burning 296

CHAPTER TWELVE: The Toughest Cockfi ght 341


CHAPTER THIRTEEN: No Turning Back 409

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Postscript on Law, Crimes, and Impunity 421

Acknowledgments 441

Appendix: Comparison of Modern War Crimes Tribunals 444

Notes 451

Further Reading 501

List of Illustrations 511

Index 513

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