Consequences of Internal Ethnic Political Conflict

This special section was edited by Dr. Emile Sahliyeh, Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Major at the University of North Texas. The two papers presented in this paper deal with the consequences of internal conflict between ethnic groups in three areas of the world: Israel and Palestine, Rwanda, and former Yugoslavia. The first paper, “Palestinian Perspective on Peace with Israel,” was written as an Honors thesis by Kelly Wright under the direction of Dr. Sahliyeh. In this timely article Ms. Wright, Ms. Wright examines Palestinian political polls to glean data on the Palestinian views toward conflict and peace with Israel.

The second article is entitled “Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea: An Investigation into the Treatment of Mens Rea in the quest to Hold Individuals Accountable for Suicide.” The author, Andrew M. Jung, developed the research presented in this paper while participating in an annual study abroad experience sponsored by the Department of Political Science at The Hague in The Netherlands under the direction of Dr. Kimi King. The Hague experience is directed by Dr. King and Dr. James Meernik, chair of the Department of Political Science. In the course, students are given the opportunity to study primary court documents from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) the International Criminal Tribunal for the Rwanda (ICTR) conducted by The Hague. Mr. Jung interviewed prosecutors, defense counsel, administrative staff and jurists who participated in the tribunals. Mr. Jung’s article examines the effect of the concepts of “command responsibility” and of “joint criminal responsibility” on cases of genocide tried in the ICTs.