The Atrocities Prevention Board did meet that day, April 23. Samantha Power moderated a panel discussion. Valerie Jarrett spoke. Maria Otero (her title: “Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights”) remarked:
The president directed the first-ever comprehensive study of the U.S. government’s atrocity-prevention capabilities.
She added, pragmatically:
The launch of the Atrocities Prevention Board is an important step but it is just the beginning of the hard work. Just because we have organized ourselves better to prevent and respond to atrocities does not mean that atrocities will not continue to happen.
Otero introduced the other panelists, each of whom held a uniquely bureaucratic, inscrutable title: Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Rick Barton; Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Stephen Rapp; and Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer.
Following the April 23 rollout, remarkably few mentions of the Atrocity Prevention Board or its activities have appeared — not in the media, on federal websites, or via PR release.
A U.S. Army release mentioned that, on June 12 and 13, the U.S. Institute of Peace held:
… a military and civilian table-top exercise (TTX) that focused on Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MAPRO) … two days prior to the first meeting of the Atrocity Prevention Board (APB).
Participants worked together to develop response strategies for III Corps to execute on the simulated battlefield of Atropia during the recent Warfighter exercise.
MCTP plans to host future TTX’s with other relevant topics such as human trafficking, food security and gender-based violence.
Excellent. PJ Media has been unable to find any mention of the Board actually meeting two days after this exercise, as stated above.
On July 23 and 24, the Holocaust Museum, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action, and CNN(!) held a conference titled: “Imagining the Unimaginable: Ending Genocide in the 21st Century.” Hillary Clinton spoke, acknowledging the skepticism with which the Atrocities Prevention Board had been greeted:
We’re putting our elements of this strategy — prevention and partnership — into action through the Atrocities Prevention Board that President Obama announced here. Now, it might not be obvious that creating yet another government board will address a problem as entrenched as this. But the fact is a body such as this can drive the kinds of institutional changes that we envision.
We can identify factors — we often refer to them as drivers — that over time can lead to increased risk. We believe that monitoring atrocities drivers will enable Secretary Clinton and the Atrocities Prevention Board to more closely monitor risks and develop initiatives to address root causes earlier — and break a cycle that could lead to the unimaginable.