Why does genocide happen and how can it be prevented?  Ben Kiernan, Alex Hinton, and Simon Baron-Cohen join Maria Armoudian in this panel discussion.

Ben Kiernan is Whitney Griswold Professor of History and Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. He is an expert in genocidal studies and his publications include Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur.

Alex Hinton is Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights, and Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs at Rutgers University. He is an expert in genocide and his publications include Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide.

Simon Baron-Cohen is a Professor in Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is an expert in clinical psychology and psychopathology and his publications include Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty and Kindness.

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