Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Military, Scientific, and Technological: Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Military, Scientific, and Technological: Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror

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Recent Books: Military, Scientific, and Technological: Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals From Nuremberg to the War on Terror BY ERIC STOVER, VICTOR PESKIN, AND ALEXA KOENIG. University of California Press, 2016, 504 pp.

Human rights activists maintain that the perpetrators of atrocities must be brought to justice. Diplomats agree in principle but worry in practice. What if the pursuit of justice disrupts a valuable spy network, or produces administrative chaos as key government personnel are purged, or leads to political upheaval if one social group considers itself to be unduly targeted? That tension is at the heart of this fine and troubling book, which describes the efforts to track down individuals responsible for terrible crimes who have been hidden by sympathetic regimes or protected by those who fear that raking over the past will prove destabilizing to the present. …

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