All the missing souls : a personal history of the war crimes tribunals

Scheffer, David

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  • Creator David Scheffer
  • Format Books
  • Publication Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2012] ©2012
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  • Physical Details
    • x, 533 pages, 16 unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 0691140154, 9780691140155
  • OCLC ocn743432774


  • Within days of Madeleine Albright's confirmation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 1993, she instructed David Scheffer to spearhead the historic mission to create a war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. As senior adviser to Albright and then as President Clinton's ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, Scheffer was at the forefront of the efforts that led to criminal tribunals for the Balkans, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia, and that resulted in the creation of the permanent International Criminal Court. All the Missing Souls is Scheffer's gripping insider's account of the international gamble to prosecute those responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and to redress some of the bloodiest human rights atrocities in our time. Scheffer reveals the truth behind Washington's failures during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the anemic hunt for notorious war criminals, how American exceptionalism undercut his diplomacy, and the perilous quests for accountability in Kosovo and Cambodia. He takes readers from the killing fields of Sierra Leone to the political back rooms of the U.N. Security Council, providing candid portraits of major figures such as Madeleine Albright, Anthony Lake, Richard Goldstone, Louise Arbour, Samuel "Sandy" Berger, Richard Holbrooke, and Wesley Clark, among others. -- From publisher description.


  • Human rights and crimes against humanity.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [451]-500) and index.


  • Introduction : ambassador to hell -- An echo of Nuremberg -- It's genocide, stupid -- Credible justice for Rwanda -- Abandoned at Srebrenica -- The pastor from Mugonero -- Unbearable timidity -- The siren of exceptionalism -- Futile endgame -- Rome's aftermath -- Crime scene Kosovo -- Freetown is burning -- The toughest cockfight -- No turning back -- Postscript on law, crimes, and impunity
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