Roy Gutman


"The theme of this conference is atrocity prevention, and the unstated major premise is that something has gone wrong in international life. Having reported or edited international news for half a century and focused on humanitarian law for 25 years, I will offer my reality check. Michael Scharf’s program note speaks of the world hitting a low point in the amelioration of human suffering in conflict. My observation is that he is right. In attending this conference, you are way ahead of the general public, way ahead of our political class. Humanitarian law after making broad advances at the turn of this century, is now in a state of crisis. The question is what to do about it."