John Prendergast will be speaking at Stanford University on "Stopping the Financing of Genocide." This event is co-sponsored by the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
Stopping the Financing of Genocide
Speaker(s): John Prendergast, Human Rights Activist
February 28, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Open to the public.
Reuben Hills Conference Room
2nd Floor East Wing E207
616 Serra Street
Stanford, California 94305
Unchecked greed is the primary driver of conflict and mass atrocities in Africa. Most often, it manifests itself in the form of violent kleptocracies, in which governments are hijacked by networks of senior officials, military officers, bankers, mining and oil company representatives, and arms dealers. Conventional foreign policy approaches have failed to address the hell on earth that these networks have created. The principal vulnerability of the networks is their exposure in the international financial system, as most corrupt actors use that system to move their money and hide their wealth. The tools of financial pressure that have been honed in the aftermath of 9/11 hold great promise for countering the kleptocrats that are destroying parts of Africa through war and resource pillaging. Examining how those policies can be used and how a hopeful political constituency is being built is a major focus of this presentation.