/R E P E A T -- Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership and Action to
Prevent Mass Atrocities/

MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), at Concordia University, is pleased to invite you to attend the American and Canadian launches of the report: Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership and Action to Prevent Mass Atrocities.

The Will to Intervene (W2I) Project is a research initiative created by LGen Roméo Dallaire (ret), MIGS Senior Fellow, and History Prof. Frank Chalk, Director of MIGS, which aims to operationalize the principles of the Responsibility to Protect. Led by researcher Kyle Matthews, more than 80 interviews were conducted with high-level policy-makers, members of Congress, parliamentarians, NGO representatives, and journalists in Canada and the United States, some for the first time on record.

                                 U.S. Launch

                 Monday September 21st, 2009, 1:00pm-3:00pm
        United States Institute of Peace, 1200, 17th Street N.W. -
                               Washington, D.C.

Co-organized by MIGS and the United States Institute of Peace, the American launch will consist of a presentation of the report's findings, followed by a panel discussion on the report's policy proposals and the challenges of mobilizing the domestic will in the U.S. to prevent mass atrocities. The panel will include LGen Roméo Dallaire (ret), Co-Director of the W2I Project, Michael Gerson, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, and Andrew Natsios, a Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. James Traub, a writer for the New York Times Magazine, will moderate the event. To RSVP and for full panellist bios, please go to http://www.usip.org/events/mobilizing-the-will-intervene.

                                Canada Launch

                Tuesday September 22nd, 2009, 10:00am-10:45pm
    National Press Gallery, 150 Wellington Street, Press Theatre room, Ottawa
      If unable to attend, please participate via teleconference by calling:
                       1-888-265-0464 or 613-954-4096;
                           Conference ID # 30941376

The Canadian launch will consist of a press conference where the report's findings and policy proposals to the Canadian Government will be unveiled. The speakers at the press conference will include LGen Roméo Dallaire (ret), and History Prof. Frank Chalk, Co-Directors of the W2I Project, Robert Fowler, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, Senator Hugh Segal, and Ed Broadbent, former leader of the New Democratic Party. Please note that this event is not open to the public. Only accredited journalists are permitted to attend the press conference. Journalists should contact Colin Lafrance, lafraco@parl.gc.ca, to obtain National Press Gallery accreditation if they are not already accredited.

For further information on the W2I project and to download a copy of the report (available on 21 September), please visit http://migs.concordia.ca.

SOURCE Concordia University

For further information: For further information: Fiona Downey, Media Relations Advisor, Concordia University, (514) 848-2424, Ext.2518, Cell: (514) 518-3336, Fiona.Downey@concordia.ca

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