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Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Binghamton University

USA

I-GMAP is committed to making Binghamton University a leading actor in the international community of atrocity prevention scholars and practitioners.

Binghamton University established the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP) with external donor and institutional support in late 2016. I-GMAP is committed to making Binghamton University a leading actor in the international community of atrocity prevention scholars and practitioners.

The three-fold mission of I-GMAP is:

  • to increase understanding, develop commitment, and build capacity for effective prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities;
  • to bring all the forces of the University to bear on atrocity prevention, including research, teaching, convening and outreach; and
  • to break down barriers and build bridges between academics and practitioners, across multiple disciplines, and among scholars, policy makers and civil society actors.

Why an Institute on Prevention?

I-GMAP aims to push the field beyond the study of the Holocaust and other past genocides or the prediction of future risks based on analysis of data, to focus on prevention. I-GMAP recognizes mass atrocities as complex processes that include multiple opportunities for disruption or prevention. As opposed to the limited view of atrocity prevention as conflict management and intervention in the midst of crisis, I-GMAP advocates for a broad definition of mass atrocity prevention that includes strategies to reduce the likelihood of violence before it starts, mitigate harm and motivate an end to conflicts once they begin, and rebuild in the aftermath of atrocities. This model of atrocity prevention also assigns responsibility for prevention to individuals and organizations in all lines of work and at all levels, not simply the official leaders of nation states. Effective prevention thus spans all disciplines and professions.

What We Do

The I-GMAP oversees curricular, scholarly and convening activities including:

  • The world's first and only graduate degree of its kind, the professional Master of Science in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (GMAP);
  • An interdisciplinary undergraduate minor with funded internship awards;
  • An interdisciplinary graduate certificate;
  • Hosting of post-doctoral fellows to advance research and teaching in GMAP;
  • Implementing the Charles E. Scheidt Faculty Fellows in Atrocity Prevention program;
  • Hosting of resident practitioners and visiting practitioners to share their insights on challenges and successes of work in GMAP;
  • Organizing an annual Frontiers of Prevention conference with scholars and practitioners from around the world; and
  • Developing partnerships with NGOs and universities to promote atrocity prevention.

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