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Cleveringa Dallaire Critical Conversation Series

In the fall of 2021, Cleveringa professor Roméo Dallaire and world experts shared their thoughts about PTSD, children’s rights, war crimes, humanitarian law, and peacekeeping in a series of conversations about leadership and moral dilemma during times of conflict and crisis.

Moral courage: Leading in times of conflict and crisis

How do leaders sustain moral codes in times of adversity? How do they cope with the impact of war on the battlefield, in UN leadership, in criminal courts, and at home? How do leaders find repair following moral injury? In these sessions, prominent speakers elaborated on topics covered in the Cleveringa lecture that General Roméo Dallaire gave on 26 November 2020.

About Lieutenant-General (ret’d) The Honourable Roméo Dallaire

Canadian Roméo Dallaire holds the 2020-21 Cleveringa Chair at Leiden University. Throughout his distinguished military career, General Dallaire served most notably as Force Commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. General Dallaire provided the UN with information about the planned massacre, which ultimately took more than 800,000 lives in less than 100 days; yet, permission to intervene was denied and the UN withdrew its peacekeeping forces. General Dallaire disobeyed the command to withdraw and remained in Rwanda to fulfill his ethical obligation to protect those who sought refuge with the UN forces.

General Dallaire’s revelation that he suffered from PTSD and moral injury as a direct result of his mission paved the way for destigmatizing this potentially lethal operational stress injury among military veterans.

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This series was presented in collaboration with


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Heroes in Mind, Advocacy and Research Consortium at the University of Alberta
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The Dallaire Institute at Dalhousie University
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