“All the Missing Souls”, out in January 2012, is an insider’s account of international efforts to bring to justice those responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
Author David Scheffer served as the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues from 1997 to 2001, and led American initiatives on war crimes tribunals during the 1990s. Through his book he reveals the truth behind Washington's failures during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the book’s publisher Princeton University Press says on its website.
Scheffer was at the forefront of the efforts that led to criminal tribunals for the Balkans, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Cambodia, and that resulted in the creation of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC), it added.
The ICC – based in Dutch city the Hague and governed by the Rome Statute that came into being in 2002 – aims to prosecute those who have committed the most serious crimes concerning the international community.
"Scheffer is not some sheltered academic writing idealistically about a world he does not know or understand. He has seen what can happen when there is no rule of law,” the publisher’s site quoted Gregory B. Craig, former White House counsel to President Barack Obama, as saying. “This book is a treasure and an amazing achievement."