Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Global and International Studies

First Advisor

Thomas Kostrzewa

Second Advisor

Jim Butterfield

Third Advisor

Howard Dooley


genocide, genocide prevention, intervention, proximate cause


This paper analyzes the cases of genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda as well as the humanitarian interventions in Kosovo and Libya to study the proximate causes of genocide. Proximate cause, defined as any event or condition, leading directly, or indirectly, to genocide, or the intervention by foreign powers, occurring within the immediate generation preceding the genocidal acts, or perceived threat thereof, is herein explored through Gregory Stanton’s “Eight Stages of Genocide” (1996). “The Eight Stages of Genocide” allows these cases to be examined through a preexisting, though imperfect, framework which compartmentalizes the process of genocide into stages allowing for analysis beyond the context of each individual case.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access