The Rwandan Genocide Twenty Years Later: Its Origins, Its Legacy, and Its Lessons for the Prevention of Genocide

Where: Knight Law Center Duncan Campbell Auditorium

Ambassador Joyce Leader, Carlton and Wilberta Ripley Savage Professor for International Relations and Peace

Introduction by Dr. Paul Slovic; Professor of Psychology, Founder and President of Decision Research

7:30 p.m., Wednesday April 16, 2014

Knight Law Center Duncan Campbell Auditorium
University of Oregon
1515 Agate Street

FREE and open to the public

Leader, who capped her 21-year Foreign Service career as United States Ambassador to Guinea in West Africa, was Deputy to the Ambassador in Rwanda when the genocide broke out in 1994. An Africa specialist, she has since represented the U.S. in multiple attempts to build confidence among the countries of the region so that they can resolve the horrific threats to peace and human rights in Central Africa. During her diplomatic career, Leader also served in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Geneva, Marseille (France) and Washington, DC. She received several State Department awards for both Superior and Meritorious service. She is currently updating and revising her 2001 book on “Rwanda’s Struggle for Democracy and Peace:  1991-1994” recounting U.S. policy and her experiences in Rwanda. The second edition will include extensive discussion of the challenges conflict prevention poses for diplomacy. For the past five years, she has made her home in Eugene.