The 10 countries at the highest risk of experiencing a future episode of mass killing are as follows:
- Central African Republic
- South Sudan
- Democratic Republic of Congo
Earlier this year, WorldViews talked to Cameron Hudson, director of the Simon-Skjodt Center, about the threat in Burma (also known as Myanmar). Hudson had been part of a fact-finding mission to the country, studying the risks faced by the beleaguered Rohingyas, a Muslim minority that has been rendered stateless by decades of discriminatory Burmese policies.
A report concluded then that the Rohingya were a people "at grave risk for additional mass atrocities and even genocide."
"We’re very cautious when we invoke the term 'genocide,' knowing that it can be quite polarizing and sometimes even unhelpful," said Hudson at the time. "But there is a combination of factors — many of which you saw in 1930s Germany and 1990s Rwanda — that are quite concerning."
The project now is anchored in the Holocaust Museum's moral mission to educate against and prevent future atrocities, says Michael Chertoff, former secretary of Homeland Security and chairman of the museum's Committee on Conscience, in an e-mailed news release.
"No longer can governments say that they 'did not know' as a means of justifying their inaction," he said.