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Speaker: James Waller (Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College)
Escalating political violence in the United States raises red flags regarding the erosion of democratic ideals and reveals growing distrust in political and governmental processes. Had these symptoms developed elsewhere, risk analysts would have instituted precautions and the international community would have increased surveillance of the situation. Governance in the US has becoming increasingly fragile and, while not yet a failing state, its democratic institutions are in decline according to James Waller, an expert on genocide prevention and Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Invited to deliver the annual Asher Family Lecture, Waller addressed the causes and factors for mass violence.