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The Justice Dilemma: Leaders and Exile in an Era of Accountability

Daniel Krcmaric


Abusive leaders are now held accountable for their crimes in a way that was unimaginable just a few decades ago. What are the consequences of this recent push for international justice? This book explains why the “golden parachute” of exile is no longer an attractive retirement option for oppressive rulers. The book argues that this is both a blessing and a curse: leaders culpable for atrocity crimes fight longer civil wars because they lack good exit options, but the threat of international prosecution deters some leaders from committing atrocities in the first place. The book diagnoses an in ... More

Keywords: abusive leaders, international justice, exile, oppressive rulers, atrocity crimes, international prosecution, conflict resolution, atrocity prevention, civil conflicts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750212
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750212.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Krcmaric, author
Northwestern University