Why Just Counting the Dead in Syria Won’t Bring Them Justice

2016Foreign Policy, Patrick Ball

A full tally of the war’s horrific violence requires estimates, models, and sophisticated pattern analysis to understand who’s responsible and why. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions more displaced by this five-years-and-counting conflict. But what does this catalog of shattered lives mean? How can we gather accurate statistics about the patterns of killings in Syria and use them as a tool to bring the perpetrators to justice?

Key wordspeace processes / post conflict / transitional justice