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February 2019

One Billion Rising 2019

February 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
ASEAN Auditorium, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

One Billion Rising is a mass action to end violence against women. On February 14, the Henry J. Leir Institute and the Fletcher Global Women group will host an evening of performances in solidarity against sexual violence. As part of a clothing drive for survivors of sexual violence, guests are invited to contribute clothing items during the event. 

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March 2019

Software of Geopolitics: Empathy as a Vital Tool of Diplomacy and Mediation

March 7, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Crowe Room (Goddard 310), 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

In this brown-bag lunch lecture, Matt Waldman will explore the much-neglected role of empathy in international affairs, and argue empathy has immense potential to reduce violent conflict. Matt Waldman is a Senior Lecturer at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Senior Policy Fellow at the Henry J. Leir Institute. He is also Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Director of the Center for Empathy in International Affairs and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House – The Royal…

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April 2019

U.S. and Russia Working Together for Syria: Fact or Fiction?

April 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Feinstein International Center, 114 Curtis St.
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 United States

Mark Ward is a retired U.S. diplomat who spent four years on the Turkish-Syrian border managing U.S. aid. He also co-chaired a task force with Russia to improve humanitarian access inside Syria. In this event, he will discuss the promising, yet failed, experiment to work with Russia to improve aid to besieged Syrian communities, and his concerns about Syria’s future. Light breakfast will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Feinstein International Center, the Center for Strategic Studies, and the Henry J.…

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Investigative Journalism Techniques for Field Research

April 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cabot 7th Floor, 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Fletcher faculty and students: are you planning field research this summer? Digging deep into complex issues can often be challenging. What if your respondent is being vague? What if you hear something shocking? How can you triangulate your findings and fact check your sources? Come and learn some new techniques from Boston-based investigative journalists from the Center for Non-Profit Journalism. We’ll be focusing in particular on research on technology and humanitarian issues in the field. Generous sponsorship from the Leir Institute and the…

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May 2019

Managing Practicalities in the Field

May 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Alumnae Lounge, 40 Talbot Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

“Managing Practicalities in the Field” is a workshop on personal safety, self-care, ethics, and the practicalities of engaging with local populations in crisis-affected environments and development contexts. It is designed around a series of examples of ethical challenges that arise in fieldwork, as drawn from the experiences of the faculty leaders (Professors Dyan Mazurana and Karen Jacobsen, each of whom has decades of experience in the field). Students explore several exercises designed to prompt reflection on their personal vulnerabilities and strengths,…

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October 2019

Human Security Open House

October 23, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Crowe Room (Goddard 310), 160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Fletcher students! Come get to know the Henry J. Leir Institute, Fletcher’s center for research, education, and policy engagement focused on the security and protection of individuals and communities while promoting peace and sustainable development. Learn about the planned programming at the Institute in the coming months and opportunities to get involved in our work.

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National Versus Human Security: Australian and Canadian Military Interventions

October 24, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Murrow Room (Goddard 210), 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

The Leir Institute is pleased to welcome Gregory MacCallion for a conversation on his new book National Versus Human Security: Australian and Canadian Military Interventions. His research compares the military interventions by Australia and Canada in Somalia (1992-1995) and Afghanistan (2001-2014). The book examines if, and to what extent, the concept of human security affected the political justifications for the interventions, as well as the implementation of the military missions. It argues that the concept of human security works better in…

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Building a Development Professional for the 21st Century

October 28, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mugar 231, 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Join us for a brown bag lunch and conversation with Mr. Neil Levine! This semester, Mr. Levine teaches Advanced Development and Conflict Resolution. He has spent over 30 years in the federal sector in the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill. His teaching experience includes a faculty appointment to the Department of Strategic Leadership at the National Defense University's Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Policy and an adjunct professorship at American University (Washington, DC). He worked at the…

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November 2019

State-Building in the Shadow of Counterterrorism: The Palace Politics of Precarious Sovereignty in Afghanistan

November 1, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mugar 235, 160 Packard Ave
Medford, MA 02155 United States

Please join us for a brown bag lunch with Professor Dipali Mukhopadhyay to discuss state-building in the shadow of counterterrorism.  Professor Mukhopadhyay is an Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and faculty affiliate of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. She is the author of Good Rebel Governance: Revolutionary Politics and Western Intervention in Syria (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) with Kimberly Howe and Warlords, Strongman Governors and State Building in Afghanistan (Cambridge University Press, 2014). 

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Winning Hearts and Minds? The Efficacy of Foreign Aid in Rebel-Held Syria

November 4, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mugar 231, 160 Packard Ave.
Medford, Massachusetts 02155 United States

Please join us for a brown bag lunch with Kimberly Howe and Adam Lichtenheld to discuss the efficacy of foreign aid in rebel-held Syria. Kimberly Howe, PhD, directs the Feinstein Center’s Research Program on Conflict and Governance. The majority of her work is focused on the Syria crisis, and the effects of humanitarian and political interventions on civilians, armed groups, and political structures.  Howe has designed and conducted mixed methods research projects in several war-affected countries around the world including…

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