chapter  6
Preventing Genocide: Leadership, Negotiation, Democracy, and International Help in the Vivid Example of South Africa
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As Cyrus Vance argued cogently, South Africa’s experiences offer valuable insights about finding democratic ways to prevent civil wars and genocide and to reconcile a society with deep cultural, racial, and religious differences, compounded by a history of severe political oppression and extreme economic inequality.1 What contributed to South Africa’s transition to true democracy after many decades of harsh depreciation and mutual antagonism? Throughout these dangerous decades, how was genocide avoided?