Leonard and Sophie Davis Genocide Prevention Fellow, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Thursday, April 16, 2015 – 7 p.m.
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium
Holocaust: Justice and Accountability
Following World War II, the Nuremburg trials convicted 22 principal Nazi leaders, sentencing 12 to death and seven to various terms in prison. Hundreds of lower-level concentration camp officials were also tried, but the total number convicted and sentenced was relatively small in comparison to the number who implemented the Final Solution, the Nazi term for the Jewish Holocaust. In response to this unprecedented attempt to exterminate an entire group based on racial, ethnic, and religious criteria, the United Nations unanimously adopted the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide on December 9, 1948. The pursuit of Nazi criminals continues to this day even though the passage of time and fading memories make successful prosecutions difficult.
The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum Contemporary Issues and the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) of the U.S. Army War College.
The PKSOI is distributing relevant essays about the Holocaust each week in preparation of this event. Here are links to these essays:
Week One – The Holocaust and Rule by Law
Week Two – The Holocaust System of Systems
Week Three – Concentration Camps Liberation
Week Four – Justice and Accountability
Biography (provided by the speaker)
Charles J. (Charlie) Brown currently serves as managing director of Strategy for Humanity, which helps mission-driven organizations build healthy operations, conduct smart advocacy, and secure meaningful results. He is also the Leonard and Sophie Davis Genocide Prevention Fellow at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevenion of Genocide at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he is conducting a review of U.S. policy toward the crisis in the Central African Republic.
From 2010 to 2014, Charlie served in the Obama Administration. From 2012 to 2014, he was senior advisor on Atrocity Prevention and Response in the Department of Defense (DoD), where he was responsible for leading implementation of President Obama’s initiative on atrocity prevention. In 2013, he served as DoD’s interim representative to the Atrocities Prevention Board. From 2010 to 2012, Charlie was principal deputy for the Office of Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy in the Office of the Under Secretary for Policy, overseeing work on a range of issues.
In the past, Charlie has held senior positions with the Institute for International Law and Human Rights, Citizens for Global Solutions, Amnesty International, and Freedom House. During the Clinton Administration, he served as chief of staff in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the U.S. Department of State and as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Rome Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court. He is co-author of The Politics of Psychiatry in Revolutionary Cuba (1991) and co-editor of Judges and Journalists in Transitional Democracies (1997).
Video of the Lecture