Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations: Atrocity Prevention
In 2011, President Obama declared mass atrocities prevention a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility. The President committed the United States to becoming a global leader in preventing large-scale and deliberate attacks against civilians worldwide, but he made clear that the country cannot and should not intervene militarily every time there is an injustice or an imminent threat of mass atrocities. Instead, he called for the U.S. government to use its full arsenal of tools – diplomatic, political, financial, intelligence, and law enforcement – to prevent these terrible crimes. U.S. commitment to atrocities prevention is embodied in the establishment of the whole-of-government Atrocities Prevention Board (APB), which is led by the White House and tasked to help the U.S. government identify and address atrocity threats and oversee institutional changes so that the United States can better prevent and respond to mass atrocities against civilians.