October 2018

On October 5 and 6 Professor Anne Marie Goetz participated in a conference at the Columbia University Global Center in Paris, on ‘Women and Gender in Global Affairs’. The conference addressed the environment of hostility in some countries towards on gender studies programs within international relations, and attacks on feminist academics working on aspects of global studies. professor Goetz spoke about the evolving relationship between academic work in these areas and multilateral institutions and operational work in development, human rights, and peace and security. The press release is linked here.

Professor Goetz spoke on a panel on ‘Opportunities for Future Policy Development’ at the 23rd New York Seminar of the International Peace Institute, on the topic of Women Peace and Security, on October 16. Her remarks discussed on means of countering the current backlash to women’s civil society activism. She stressed the need to cultivate women peace and democracy leaders, including through international support and recognition. She also spoke about the need to challenge current economic recovery models and to invest in mass employment programs that provide a measure of social protection to impoverished women in fragile state contexts, particularly after war.

On October 25th Professor Goetz organized a visit by 25 CGA students to the UN Security Council annual meeting on women, peace and security. Bolivia, president of the Council for October, provided them with passes. The annual meeting of the Security Council on women peace and security is an opportunity for an assessment of progress in implementing the Council’s 8 resolutions on this matter, starting with the landmark resolution 1325 in 2000. Almost 90 Member States signed up to speak on the subject of women’s participation in conflict resolution. For the first time in a public Security Council meeting, a woman peace activist from Palestine was invited to speak. Randa Siniora Atallah, General Director of the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling in Jerusalem, shared the experiences of women in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, linking the Israeli occupation of Palestine to the reinforcement “of the patriarchal structures of Palestinian society”, noting the gendered effects of violence, and the ways these would be exacerbated by recent US cuts to funding of UNRWA. An analysis of the entire debate can be seen on the Peacewomen website.

Published on October 19, Professor John V. Kane coauthored an article that will appear in a forthcoming issue of the American Journal of Political Science, one of the highest-ranking, peer-reviewed journals in political science. The study entitled “No Harm in Checking: Using Factual Manipulation Checks to Assess Attentiveness in Experiments,” discusses, and empirically tests various concerns related to, the usage of so-called “manipulation checks” in experimental research designs.

Adjunct Professor Chloe Demrovsky was invited to present as the keynote speaker at the Risk Taisaku conference where she opened the conversation with 700+ risk managers and other experts in the field of resilience. The event was hosted by Shinken Press, which publishes Japan’s premier risk management magazine. It has been seven years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and business continuity has since become established in many Japanese organizations. While progress has been made, the maturity level varies dramatically by sector and there is much to be done particularly in healthcare. To what extent were lessons learned after the events of 3/11 and how should priorities be set moving forward?

On October 9, Professor Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu participated in a high-level panel on Disarmament to Save Humanity: Towards a World Free of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations organized by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. The panel deliberated on the UN Secretary General’s report Securing Our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament and explored various options to operationalize the recommendations in the short, medium, and long term. The panel also featured Izumi Nakamitsu, the High Representative of the Secretary-General on Disarmament.

On October 12, Dr. Sidhu participated in another high-level panel discussion on Tools and challenges to address ballistic missile proliferation today jointly organized also at the United Nations by the European Union and the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique. Dr. Sidhu presented several top-down and bottom-up approaches that to deal with the growing challenges posed by ballistic missiles. The panel included Ambassador Anne-Sofie of Sweden who chairs the Hague Code of Conduct, Ambassador Jacek Bylica, Principal Advisor and Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, European Union, and Raphael Prenat, Coordinator of the Group of Experts of the 1540 Committee.

Finally, on October 19, Dr. Sidhu moderated a panel at the United Nations on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation for the 2018 batch of UN Disarmament Fellows. The expert panel deliberated on the prospects of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons , the implementation of the UNSG’s Disarmament agenda, and the 2020 NPT. The panel included Lachezara Stoeva, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN, Ambassador Pankaj Sharma, the Permanent Representative of India to the Conference of Disarmament in Geneva, Ambassador Thomas Hajnoczi, the head of the disarmament department in the Austrian ministry of foreign affairs, Ambassador Robert Wood, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference of Disarmament in Geneva, and Ambassador Johann Kellerman, the director for disarmament and non-proliferation in the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Joshua Krasna published a number of papers in October including a research paper for the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies entitled “The Moderate Sunni Camp: Does it Really Exist?“, as well as two research papers for the Foreign Policy Research Institute on the Summer’s developments in the Middle East and Jordan’s decision not to renew annexes of it’s peace treaty with IsraelProfessor Krasna also spoke at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies recent conference on Iran, on “Iran and the Arab World”.

Professor Brad Heckman and mediation expert Kenneth Cloke (author of Conflict Revolution and founder of Mediators Beyond Borders) collaborated on the book “Words of Wisdom“, acompilation of profound quotes from thinkers, artists, political figures, and leaders worldwide. Brad illustrated the book, published by GoodPress.

A selection of Professor Heckman’s art will become a permanent exhibition at the Dayton International Peace Museum in December, by unanimous agreement of the Museum’s board, following an exhibit of his work there last year. He will also be the Museum’s keynote speaker at their annual Nobel Peace Price luncheon on December 8th.

Professor Heckman also delivered a presentation at the The Eighth Annual Graduate Education Symposium, hosted by American University, in cooperation the the Alliance for Peacebuilding, on October 27. The presentation focused on his work training more than 1,000 New York Police Department officers in peacebuilding skils, under the auspices of New York Peace Institute, and NGO he founded in 2011.

Professor Jennifer Trahan was please to participated from October 18-20 in the Twentieth Anniversary Symposium of Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law, and Human Rights Law, entitled “The Sound of ICL,”  The symposium also marked the 20th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute.  Professor Trahan has taught as part of the Salzburg Law School’s programs numerous times over the past decade.  Her lecture on October 19 was entitled “Legal Limits of Security Council veto use in the face of atrocity crimes.”
Professor Trahan also spoke on October 22 as part of the Program of the 29th Informal Meeting of Legal Advisers, October 22-23, 2018, at the UN, in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.  She spoke on the panel “Preventing and punishing atrocity crimes – reflections 70 years after the adoption of the UN Convention on Genocide.  Co-panelists included a keynote address by Adama Dieng, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, and Professors Dapo Akande and Sean Murphy.  Professor Trahan addressed the hard law legal obligations that underlie the responsibility to protect (“R2P”), as well as legal limits to the use of the Security Council veto power in the face of atrocity crimes.