And speaking of Obama; one of his top foreign policy advisors is Samantha Power, a name that is probably familiar to many people who read this blog.
She still may be best known as the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, "A Problem From Hell: America In The Age of Genocide." A book whose context spans time wise from Ottoman Turkey at the start of the 20th century to Kosovo at the end; spanning across the globe from Africa to Europe to Asia to the Middle East (side note: I do wish Power would have at least made a cursory mention of some of the mass atrocities that took place in South America, especially during the latter half of the 20th century-especially given some of the U.S. government's rather cosy relationship with some governments involved.)
But even that oversight, doesn't take away from the book, which is one the best overviews of how the U.N. Treaty on the Prevention of Genocide came to be ratified in the first place, and how in so many cases, 'never again' has become more of an empty slogan than a impetus for the government to take immediate action.
Power has recently published another book, this one a biography of the life and times of the late Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN mission chief in Iraq before he was killed an an Al-Queda suicide bombing.