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America's Response to the Genocide

From the very start, the United States resisted intervention in Rwanda because of national interests, higher priorities and domestic and bureaucratic politics. Moreover, during the three months of killing, the U.S. blocked several opportunities,short of intervention, that could have diminished the slaughter. Here are excerpts from interviews with Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell; John Shattuck, assistant secretary of state for human rights; Alison des Forges, Human Rights Watch; George Moose, assistant secretary of state for Africa; Madeleine Albright, U.N. ambassador; General Romeo Dallaire, U.N. force commander in Rwanda; Michael Sheehan, peacekeeping adviser to Madeleine Albright; and Mark Doyle, BBC World Service. These excerpts are drawn from the extended FRONTLINE interviews.

what are the lessons of rwanda?

Ten years after the genocide, have America and the world community learned anything that could help prevent another Rwanda? Here are the views of those who were involved at the time in the crisis: Kofi Annan, U.N. head of peacekeeping; Ibrahim Gambari, Nigerian U.N. ambassador; Alison des Forges, Human Rights Watch; David Rawson, U.S. ambassador to Rwanda; Boutros Boutros-Ghali, U.N. secretary-general; Madeleine Albright, U.N. ambassador; George Moose, assistant secretrary of state; Prudence Bushnell, deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa; Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell; Anthony Lake, national security adviser to President Clinton; and Carl Wilkens, Adventist Church aid worker. These excerpts are drawn from their extended interviews with FRONTLINE.

Rwanda: The Personal Legacy

Few could imagine, a decade later, the degree to which Rwanda still haunts the souls of those who were involved in the decision-making or those few who acted and tried to save lives. Here are the reflections of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, U.N. secretary-general; Madeleine Albright, U.N. ambassador; General Romeo Dallaire, U.N. force commander in Rwanda; Kofi Annan, U.N. head of peacekeeping; Michael Sheehan, peacekeeping adviser to Madeleine Albright; General Paul Kagame, commander of the Rwandan Patriotic Front; Philippe Galliard, International Committee on the Red Cross; Prudence Bushnell, deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa; and Anthony Lake, national security adviser to President Clinton. These excerpts are drawn from their extended interviews with FRONTLINE.

Can it happen again?

The world's leaders have denounced what happened in Rwanda and are shamed by their failure to intervene to halt the slaughter. But if another Rwanda happened, would the world respond any differently? Here are the views of those who were involved in decision-making on Rwanda and a journalist who has analyzed America's response to genocide in the 20th century: Boutros Boutros-Ghali, U.N. secretary-general; George Moose, assistant secretary of state for Africa; Gen. Romeo Dallaire, U.N. force commander in Rwanda; Madeleine Albright, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Mission; Major Brent Beardsley, executive assistant to Gen. Dallaire; Michael Sheehan, peacekeeping adviser to Madeleine Albright; John Shattuck, assistant secretary of state for human rights; Prudence Bushnell, deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa; Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell; and Anthony Lake, national security adviser to President Clinton. These excerpts are drawn from their extended interviews with FRONTLINE.

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