"A Problem From Hell:" America and the Age of Genocide Short Essay - Answer Key

Samantha Power
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1. What does the author say is the first reason the United States has been slow to recognize and act when genocide has occurred?

Power says the United States has been slow to recognize and act when genocide occurs because Americans tend to believe in rational actors and trust in diplomacy.

2. Which specific instance of genocide has American society committed itself to remembering and preventing a repetition of, which makes their slowness to react when genocide occurs disturbing to say the least?

Americans have committed themselves to remembering and preventing a repetition of the Holocaust.

3. In what way did Power see U.S. policymakers handle the genocide in Bosnia?

Powers saw U.S. policymakers back away from using the label "genocide" and argue that the bloodshed among the region's ethnic groups was inevitable.

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