Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis


Keck Center Best Senior Thesis - U.S. Foreign Policy

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

Reader 1

Professor Wendy Lower, Ph.D.

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With a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the executive branch, this thesis explores whether the perceived failures that marked the U.S. government’s responses to cases of genocide and mass atrocities in the 20th century have continued in the 21st century. The recent and ongoing cases analyzed include the Darfur, Yazidi, and Rohingya atrocities as responded to by Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. The comparison across administrations and centuries shows that infrastructural advancement of mass atrocity prevention has not translated to a proportional advancement in the U.S. government's response. As such, I argue that the U.S. government’s response to genocide, the crime of all crimes, remains inadequate due to issues of disconnect, incongruity of interests, and lack of transparency. The U.S. government, the American public, and civil society must elevate the importance of mass atrocity policy in our social, political, and cultural discourse to counteract these trends.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.