Having newly reconstituted for the 2017 Parliament, the APPG on the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity is holding an event at the start of the new parliamentary session by invitation (details below). If you would like an invitation for the event, please email appg@aegistrust.org.

Panel Discussion:

• Alison McGovern, MP & Tom Tugendhat, MP – The Cost of Doing Nothing and the Need for New Frameworks to Address Atrocity Prevention

• Sarah Brockmeier, Adviser, Public Policy Institute, Berlin (GPPi) Role Models in Atrocity Prevention: Lessons from the Obama Atrocity Prevention Board. See recent publication: “In the Shadow of Syria” (May 2017)

• Cameron Hudson, Director of the Genocide Prevention Centre at USHMM in Washington. Transatlantic Cooperation and Opportunities for a UK Atrocity Prevention Centre.

About the Speakers:

Alison McGovern, MP (Labour)

Alison McGovern became Labour’s representative in Parliament for Wirral South in May 2010. In September 2016 she was elected co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group Friends of Syria, and in December 2016 she was elected co-chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group on the Prevention of Genocide. Alison took on the role of co-author of the  The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Price of Inaction in the face of mass atrocities, a report that had been started by Jo Cox and Tom Tugendhat, and was due out on 6 July, a few weeks after Jo Cox was murdered. The report aims to trigger discussion on the need for fresh thinking on integrated strategies on atrocity prevention.

Tom Tugendhat, MP (Conservative), Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee

Tom was elected as the Conservative representative in Parliament for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling in May 2015. Before becoming an MP, Tom was in the British Army and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Tom began work on The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Price of Inaction in the face of mass atrocities with Jo Cox, and completed the report with Alison McGovern and John Bew in early 2017.

Sarah Brockmeier, Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin

Manager at GPPI, Sarah has researched and written extensively on US and German foreign policy on mass atrocity prevention, also providing training to German Armed Forces Personnel. Sarah co-authored Protection and Responsibility: An Analysis of US Foreign Policy to Prevent Mass Atrocities. Alongside her research on the Responsibility to Protect, Sarah recently worked on the role of UN peace operations in local conflict management and political approaches to security sector reform, as well as on Global Norm Evolution and the Responsibility to Protect.

Cameron Hudson, Director, Centre for the Prevention of Genocide, Washington.

Cameron Hudson is director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide based at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Previously he served in government as the chief of staff to the President’s Special Envoy for Sudan, and as the director for African affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, where he led the interagency efforts to address the genocide in Darfur, elections-related violence in Kenya, counter-terrorism efforts in Somalia, and the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Great Lakes region.

PHOTO, TOP: Families fleeing the battle for Mosul, Iraq 2017, taken by Quentin Bruno. CLICK HERE to view the original Flickr post. Published under Creative Commons License, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.