Case 244 - Watershed in Rwanda: The Evolution of President Clinton's Humanitarian Intervention Policy
Ausink, John A.
On April 6, 1994, the hitherto obscure African country of Rwanda exploded into violence, causing one of the largest refugee flows in recent history. This two-part case study presents an historical overview of the genocide and traces the Clinton administration’s response to it. Students can examine the dynamics of the conflict and also analyze the constraints facing the administration, as it wrestled with the decisions of whether and how to intervene in a country lacking strategic or economic importance to the United States.