Date of Award/Publication

8-18-2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in International Studies

Department

International Studies

Abstract

In 1994, close to one million people were killed in a planned and systematic genocide in Rwanda. Many writers have argued that the attacks were an effort to eliminate the Tutsi population by the ruling elite. The argument asserts that the United Nations refrained from intervening to stop the Rwandan genocide out of considered self-interest. While the Rwandan genocide occurred due to the ruling elite's political manipulations, the international community and the United Nations failure to address the socio-economic concerns over the struggle for power and wealth stemming back to the colonial era, paved the way for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

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