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Former Army Officer to Lecture on Genocide Interventions

(Posted September 12, 2011)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Recognizing the signs of an occurring genocidal event can be difficult even for experts, but Dwight Raymond, a retired U.S. Army officer, has helped create a Mass Atrocity Response Operations program that will help military and civilian agencies intervene in genocides. He will talk about the program at Juniata College at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The talk is sponsored by the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Raymond, a doctrine and concepts analyst at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the Army War college in Carlisle, Pa., has helped create a toolbox and strategic plan to institutionalize detection and intervention during times of mass atrocities. His talk, "Mass Atrocity and Response Operations (MARO): Why? How?" aims to show how countries or armies armed with a plan and a strategy for intervention can prevent genocidal events from gaining momentum.

The MARO program was developed at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, assisted by the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Raymond, a former infantry officer, previously served on the faculty of the Army War College and was an adviser with an Iraqi Army brigade from 2006 to 2007. He also served as chief of plans for the Combined Forces Command/United Nations Command in South Korea.

He earned a bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He also is a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies and the U.S. Army War College.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.