Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D. College of Arts and Sciences · Government/International Affairs
Alexander Mirkovic, Ph.D. College of Arts and Sciences History/Religious Studies
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
One question looms in the wake of genocide. Which road to reconciliation? In this thesis, I examine the concept of reconciliation in both a theoretical and applied manner. By exploring three modem cases of genocide and the reconciliatory methods used in each, I have reached the following conclusion: Though gacaca (pronounced ga-CHA-cha), an informal, traditional, tribal form of justice and truth telling, is not a perfect solution to the problems presented by genocidal conflicts, its concept of blending retributive measures and restorative practices can provide a stable platform to promote reconciliation in future post genocidal cases.
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