Auschwitz Institute Praises Obama's Creation of Atrocities Prevention Board

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Highlights need for increased education and training of policymakers

Pres. Obama announces creation of Atrocities Prevention Board

The Auschwitz Institute's programs should be made available for all State and USAID employees.

The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation commends the creation of the U.S. Atrocities Prevention Board, announced today by President Obama at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Auschwitz Institute executive director Tibi Galis will take part in the Board’s first meeting at the White House today. The meeting, which will be moderated by Samantha Power, the Board’s chair, will feature three panel discussions and will be webcast live at 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

A White House Fact Sheet released after the President’s speech states that “Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States,” and that “President Obama has made the prevention of atrocities a key focus of this Administration’s foreign policy.”

Galis said he was pleased to see the White House Fact Sheet mentions the Auschwitz Institute’s upcoming meeting with faculty from U.S. military educational institutions “to discuss how to incorporate mass atrocity and genocide prevention into their curricula.” The meeting is co-organized with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and will be held at the end of May.

Galis emphasized the importance of education and training for policymakers to support the Atrocities Prevention Board, pointing to a report issued last year that highlighted the “clear need for increased professional development on crisis prevention.” The report said the Auschwitz Institute’s programs should be made available “for all State and USAID employees.”

The Auschwitz Institute is the chief nonprofit partner of the U.S. government in building capacity to prevent genocide. Members of the State Department, the FBI, and the U.S. Army have participated in its programs, held on the Holocaust site of Auschwitz in Poland.

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