Past Events AY2016-2019

Past Events

Academic Year 2018-2019|Academic Year 2017-2018 | Academic Year 2016-2017 | Academic Year 2015-2016 

Event summaries, where available, can be found by clicking on the event title.

Academic Year 2018-2019
The End of Famine? Prospects for the elimination of mass starvation by political action

October 25, 2018
5.30-7:00pm
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
John Snow Lecture Theater
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

CAS Lecture Series: Pax Africana or Middle East Strategic Alliance in the Red Sea

October 10, 2018
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Council on African Studies Lecture Series, Yale University
Henry R. Luce Hall (LUCE )
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511


Academic Year 2017-2018

The Return of Famine

Friday, May 4, 2018
9:00am – 5:30pm
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Between 2000 and 2011 there were no famines, and deaths in humanitarian emergencies had been much reduced. Yet today famine has returned to the world stage. In 2017, the United Nations identified four situations of acute food insecurity that threatened famine or breached that threshold—in north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

Drawing on Tufts University’s distinguished record of scholarship and public engagement on the subject of famine, this conference will bring together faculty and researchers from across the University, in conversation with outside experts. Panels will address why famine has returned, today’s humanitarian challenges, legal and political issues related to criminalizing famine, and the most pressing famine of today, Yemen.

Click here for full panel details and video from the conference. 

April 13-15, 2018 Inaugural Conference: Frontiers of Prevention

Binghamton University, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
Friday April 13, – Saturday April 14, 2018
Binghamton, N.Y. USA

If Not Now, When?
Saturday, April 14, 2018
4-5:00pm

“Starting with the Conclusion: Prevention Lessons from Atrocity Endings”
Bridget Conley, Research Director, World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School, Tufts University

“If Not Now When? Prevention of Mass Atrocities and the Future of Human Rights”
Simon Adams, Executive Director, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

The ASSA/AEA Annual Meetings
Economists for Peace and Security
January 5 – 7, 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Panel Discussion:
Are Trump Administration Policies Improving International Security?
Saturday, January 6, 2018
12:30 – 2:15 pm
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, Meeting Room 306

Chair: Kathleen Stephansen
Linda Bilmes, Harvard University
US Security budget 
Jennifer Olmsted, Drew University
Immigration 
Sam Perlo-Freeman, World Peace Foundation
Transatlantic relationships
David Firestein, East West Institute
Transpacific relationships

The New Barbarianism

An original documentary film by the Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS) examining rising levels of violence targeting health workers worldwide.

Monday, November 27, 2017 8 p.m.
ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School and the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), co-sponsored by World Peace Foundation, Feinstein International Center, Institute for Human Security and the International Securities Studies Program.

Panel discussion and screening:

J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center
Monica Duffy Toft, Professor of International Politics & Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, The Fletcher School
Tom Dannenbaum, Assistant Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School
Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation & Research Professor, The Fletcher School
Susannah Sirkin, Director of International Policy and Partnerships/Senior Advisor, Physicians for Human Rights & Senior Fellow, The Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Presented by WPF and Fletcher Global Women
After Rape: Violence Justice and Social Harmony in Ugandaa

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
6:00pm
The Fletcher Building, Crowe Room
160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MA

Moderated by Kimberly Theidon, Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

 

The Silent Genocide: Rohingya Muslims and the Crisis in Myanmar

Tuesday, November 28th
5:30-7:30 pm
The Fletcher School, Cabot building, Room 205
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA

Despite their multigenerational history within Myanmar and centuries of coexistence with the Burman majority, violent conflict between Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya erupted in 2012 and has persisted. The humanitarian crisis has left hundreds dead and roughly 140,000 Rohingya internally displaced in refugee camps, and cast a pall on Myanmar’s peaceful democratic transition.

Panelists Include:

Roksana Jahan, Bangladeshi MAHA student, Feinstein International Center, Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Ken MacLean,  Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change, Clark University
Charles Carsten,  Ph.D. candidate in the Study of Religion at Harvard University

Shadow World Premier on PBS
Based on the The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the acclaimed book by Andrew Feinstein, Shadow World explores how governments, their militaries and intelligence agencies, defense contractors, arms dealers and agents are inextricably intertwined with the international trade in weapons, and how that trade fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracies and creates human suffering.  
 Directed by Johan Grimonprez 
 
Fourth Annual Civil Military Affairs Conference

Hosted by  Tufts Institute for Global Leadership

November 10-11, 2017

The conference will focus on the defense industry, global arms trade, and foreign intervention. Through hearing from experts on the global arms trade, weapons procurement, and aspects of foreign intervention, with the aim to explore the inner workings of and key drivers behind these issues and to be able to apply lessons to mitigating and preventing political and humanitarian crises across the world.

Dynamics of the Defense Industry and Global Arms Trade

The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts
Friday, November 10, 2:00pm
Cabot 206

Panelists:
Sam Perlo-Freeman, Program Director, Global Arms and Corruption, World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University
Jeff Abramson, Head, Forum on the Arms Trade
Miriam Pemberton, Director, Peace Economy Transitions Project, Institute for Policy Studies
Sarah Detzner, Ph.D. Candidate, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Emerging Consequences: Aesthetics in the Aftermath of Atrocity

Dr. Bridget Conley will be joining the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for Salem State University’s two-day Symposium: Emerging Consequences: Aesthetics in the Aftermath of Atrocity (November 3- 4, 2017). She will join a panel on Saturday, “Artistic Interventions and Memorialization”. Her presentation  “Utopia Lost: A Study of the Political Aesthetics of Memorial Museums through Ethiopia’s Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum,” discusses the mix of aesthetic choices made by the museum’s architect, exhibition curators, and survivor groups to convey this history of violence.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 8:30 am-1:30 pm
Viking Hall, Central Campus
71C Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970

Click the link above for additional information.

Tackling Corruption in the Global Arms Trade

Thursday, November 2, 2017
10:00-11:30AM
Center for International Policy
2000 M St NW, Basement Conference Room A,
Washington DC, 20036

As the Trump Administration seeks record U.S. arms sales and renewed military engagement in places such as Afghanistan, there are increased risks of corruption undermining U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. Globally, the arms trade is highly prone to corruption, and there have been several high-profile cases in U.S. courts of bribery in the defense sector.

While U.S. law enforcement is increasing its efforts under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, it appears U.S. regulators are weakening some key anti-corruption measures. This will put extra pressure on the U.S. officials and companies that are attempting to address domestic and foreign corruption as well as to ensure weapons transfers are not diverted to criminal or terrorist organizations.  Experts with experience in U.S. export enforcement, tracking the U.S. and global arms trade and corruption, and U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan will discuss these challenges and trends. They will also offer new recommendations on what can be done to counter corruption in the arms trade.
​Speakers:

  • Sam Perlo-Freeman, Program Manager, Global Arms and Corruption, World Peace Foundation
  • Steve Pelak, Partner, Holland and Hart; former Department of Justice National Coordinator Export Control/Economic Sanctions Enforcement
  • Lt. Col. (ret.), Jodi Vittori, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Witness; former head of NATO counter-corruption task force in Afghanistan
  • Colby Goodman, Director, Security Assistance Monitor (moderator) 

This event is co-hosted by the World Peace Foundation, Security Assistance Monitor, and the Forum on the Arms Trade.

The role of media in the rise of populism
Discussion with Haggai Matar, Israeli activist and journalist

Monday, October 30, 2017
2:00 – 3:30pm
The Fletcher Building
Mugar Hall, Room 231
160 Packard Ave., Medford, MA

Haggai Matar is the executive director of 972, an organization that publishes +972 Magazine  and was a co-founding editor of Local Call , the news and commentary sites covering Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The sites were created to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of current events, with a strong focus on human rights, progressive activism, and the effects of the occupation on both Israeli and Palestinian societies. The sites are run by Israeli and Palestinian journalists, and have broken countless major stories in recent years and are visited by tens of thousands readers a month, including diplomats, and policymakers.

Matar will discus what the case of Israel/Palestine, after 50 years of military occupation and with the rise of a new quasi-authoritarian regime reveals about populism and the media. He will discuss the media’s potential role in unifying a progressive camp to fight back; similarities and links between Netanyahu and Trump; and what we can learn from other societies that have gone and are going through similar types of dangerous processes.

International Conference “Dirty Peace”? The Political Economy of Peacebuilding

October 19, 2017
Organized by Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
Universitätsclub Bonn
Konviktstr. 9 53113
Bonn Germany

Alex de Waal, Keynote

Scholars and practitioners alike have known for long that peacebuilding is about payoffs and expected gains for key stakeholders rather than mere goodwill. Although conflict research has spent considerable efforts on discerning “greed” or “grievance” as conflict drivers, it has so far not adequately addressed the political economy of peace processes. Peace processes are at times seen as an open competition of well-meant ideas in public discourse. This reasoning is in part responsible for the glaring gap between ambition and reality in peace processes. The conference aims to bring together analysts and practitioners who are experts in conflict regions and have insider knowledge on bargaining. At the conference, we are planning to discuss the political economy of expectations, the logics of participation and consequences for setting priorities and for sequencing in peacebuilding processes. The overarching question is: Which incentives could make a difference during negotiations?

View the additional event information at the BICC webite.

Festival for New Economic Thinking
Economists for Peace and Security
Institute for New Economic Thinking
October 19 – 20, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland
EPS will be exploring the economic impacts of security policies, and the security impacts of economic policies with an informational stall and a panel discussion.  War and violent conflict disrupt the social and economic fabric of societies and interfere with the well-being of individuals; and economic policies and institutions can either prevent or mitigate violence or can contribute to it. We as professional economists believe that our discipline has a positive contribution to make to peace and human welfare. Panel Discussion
Peace Economics: How Economics Can Contribute to Peace
Chaired by Thea Harvey-Barratt, Economists for Peace & Security
  • Sam Perlo-Freeman, World Peace Foundation, Tufts University
  • Ron P. Smith, Birkbeck, University of London

Academic Year 2016-2017

Buoyed by promises of a massive U.S. military buildup, arms industry stocks have skyrocketed since the 2016 presidential election. The proposed increases in defense spending have been sold to the American public as a win-win policy: more military spending not only benefits national security, but will help drive economic growth and job creation.

Indefensible: Seven Myths that Sustain the Global Arms Trade, a book and web project of the World Peace Foundation at Tufts, critically examines the U.S. and global arms industry–in particular the public corruption it so often engenders at home and abroad. Bringing together a experts and activists, Indefensible deploys statistics, case studies, and evidence to  pierce common beliefs about the arms trade. Far from protecting the United States or driving job creation, this collective finds that poorly overseen and bloated military spending actually undermines security and stifles economic growth.

 

 

WASHINGTON, DCCorruption, Jobs and the Arms Trade: Indefensible Book Launch and Panel Discussion”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Open Society Foundation
1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006

An expert panel discusses the risks and tradeoffs of President Trump’s proposed military buildup and budget rebalancing away from international assistance and foreign aid, not just for American democracy but also for the U.S. economy and national security.

​Speakers:
Bridget Conley*, Research Director, World Peace Foundation and Assistant Research Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
William Hartung*, Director, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy
Sarah Chayes, Senior Fellow, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mark Thompson, National Security Analyst, Project on Government Oversight
*Member of the Indefensible collective.

Audio of the event is available here:

LONDONSeven Myths that sustain the global arms trade

February 27, 2017
Room 1.04, New Academic Building
London School of Economics

JSRP will host a panel discussion to launch the new book:  ‘Indefensible: 7 myths that sustain the global arms trade‘ (Paul Holden et al, Zed Books).  

Panelists: Paul Holden and Andrew Feinstein (Corruption Watch UK), Nick Gilby (author and researcher), and Sam Perlo-Freeman (World Peace Foundation).
Moderator: Prof Mary Kaldor (LSE).

STOCKHOLMArms trade: myths and reality: Screening of Shadow World film and Book launch: Indefensible: 7 myths that sustain the global arms trade

February 23, 2017
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society
Klara konferens, Klarasalen
Stockholm, Sweden

Panelists:
Andrew Feinstein, author of ‘The Shadow World’, former ANC Parliamentarian, Executive Director, Corruption Watch.
Samuel Perlo-Freeman, researcher and Project Manager for the WPF project on Global Arms Business and Corruption World Peace Foundation.
Linda Åkerström, Head of Disarmament, Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society. Author of “Den svenska vapenexporten”.
Moderator: Penny Davies, Policy advisor, Diakonia

Hosted by the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society and Diakonia.

BOSTON: Book Launch and Discussion

February 15, 2017
5:30pm-7:00pm
Asean Auditorium
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Panelists:

Paul Holden, Corruption Watch.  Paul is a South African-born and London-based historian, researcher, writer and activist. He has published four books to date on issues related to corruption, governance and democratic practice in South Africa.
Sam Perlo-Freeman, Project Manager Global Arms Business and Corruption. He was previously Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. From 2007 to 2016 Sam worked at SIPRI on issues of military expenditure, arms industry and arms trade, and in particular was head of the SIPRI Military Expenditure project from 2009 to 2016.
Bridget Conley, Research Director of the World Peace Foundation and Assistant Research Professor at The Fletcher School. At WPF, she is the lead researcher on the Mass Atrocities  program.
Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation, Professor at the Fletcher School and is considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa.

Sarah Detzner is a Ph.D. candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and diplomacy.  Her research is focused on exploring mechanisms for more effective international cooperation in joint conflict prevention, stabilization, and security sector reform missions.

NEW YORK: Myths of the Global Arm Race: A Reading and Discussion of Indefensible: Seven Myths that Sustain the Global Trade

Monday, February 13, 2017
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
University Center
63 Fifth Avenue – UL105
New York, New York 10011

Panelists: Paul Holden, Sam Perlo-Freeman, and Bill Hartung (Center for International Policy).
ModeratorPeter J. Hoffman


Other Events in Academic Year 2016 – 2017

Techniques of Power and the Rise of the Grotesque

Friday, March 3, 2017
Cabot 205
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02144

Join us for a special opportunity to engage with one of today’s leading critical theorists about the state of global democracy and how its dysfunctions manifest in new forms of national leadership, new modes of disrupting opposition, and in everyday encounters between the state and those who live under its various jurisdictions

Veena Das is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. Her theoretical and fieldwork research have made a profound impact on how the violence of the everyday is understood and studied. Her most recent books are Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (2007) Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty (2015)and three co-edited volumes, The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy (2014), Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium (2015) and Politics of the Urban Poor (forthcoming).

Moderated by Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation

Reiner Braun: The US, EU, and Russia: Militarism, Nuclear Threats and the Trump Administration

Co-sponsored by WPF, Tufts Sociology, and Peace & Justice Studies
March 8, 2107
12:00 – 1:15
Olin 011

Reiner Braun has been actively involved in the Peace Movement since 1982, beginning in the office of the “Krefelder Appeal” against new nuclear weapons in Europe. He has been the Executive Director for Scientists for Peace and Sustainability (Germany) and the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES). He is currently Director of IALANA, the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. He is author of several books, including “Einstein- Peace Now!” and a biography about the Peace Nobel Laureate Joseph Rotblat.

Lunch will be provided. Additional details also available on Facebook.

Boston Launch of African Politics, African Peace

October 4, 2016
5:30 p.m.
ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School
Tufts University

On July 21, 2016, the World Peace Foundation (WPF) submitted its landmark report, African Politics, African Peace, to the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Amb. Smail Chergui. The report charts an agenda for peace in Africa, focusing on how the African Union can implement its norms and use its instruments to prevent and resolve armed conflicts. An independent report of the WPF, supported by the African Union, it is the most extensive review of the African Union’s peace missions ever conducted. It is based on detailed case studies and cross-cutting research, and draws on consultations with leading experts, peacekeepers and mediators. The Report covers African peace and security norms and mechanisms, including conflict prevention, conflict mediation, political missions and the spectrum of military peace operations.

Speakers include:
Alex de Waal, WPF Executive Director
Mulugeta Berhe Gebrehiwot, WPF Project Director, Peace Missions in Africa
Abdul Mohammed, Chief of Staff, African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan

Additional information on the African Politics, African Peace report can be found at africanpeacemissions.org

Staying safe in armed conflict contexts What do crisis-affected people prioritize and does it work? Do humanitarian actors and others take note?

Friday, September 23, 2016
3:00 p.m. | Barnum 008
Barnum Hall, 163 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155

Very little scholarship pays attention to the priorities and goals of people in situations of crisis: we know little about how they identify threats and circumstances which put their lives at risk, how they seek to protect themselves and the strategies and coping mechanisms they actually use, which result in both positive and negative outcomes for them. Instead, civilians are seen as passive recipients of international protection efforts; those in need of protection are rarely seen as key players in their own futures.  Join us as the panel discusses civilian self-protection and its implications for humanitarian response.

Speakers Include:

Dan Maxwell, Acting Director, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Edward Thomas, Author, former head of UNICEF Child Protection in South Sudan and Nepal, and former adviser for the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria
Norah Niland, Center on Conflict Development and Peacebuilding, The Graduate Institute,  Geneva and former Director of Human Rights in UNAMA and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Afghanistan
Dyan Mazurana,  Associate Research Professor Fletcher School, Research Director, Feinstein International Center, and Senior Fellow, World Peace Foundation

Legacies of Political Violence in Latin America

Presentation by Roddy Brett
Discussion by Dr. Kimberly Theidon
Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 7.45 p.m. | Room M200

Dr. Brett will discuss his recent book on Guatemala, which builds on over a decade of ethnographic research, including in survivors’ communities, and documents the historical processes that shaped the genocide. It analyses the evolution of both counterinsurgent and insurgent violence, focusing above all on the impact upon the civilian population and the strategies civilians may adopt in order to survive. Brett is Professor of International Relations at the Universidad del Rosario (Bogota, Colombia) will place this history in the larger Latin American context.

Dr. Theidon’s research addresses political violence, transitional justice, reconciliation, and the politics of post-war reparations. She is currently completing a book manuscript Pasts Imperfect: Working with Former Combatants in Colombia which is based on her research with former combatants from the paramilitaries, the FARC and the ELN.
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Academic Year 2015-2016

Book Lecture: Bridget Conley-Zilkic discusses the newly released, How Mass Atrocities End: Studies from Guatemala, Burundi, Indonesia, the Sudans, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq

Friday, April 8, 2016
2:30-4:00pm
Ginn Library, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
5:30pm-7:00pm
Asean Auditorium Cabot Intercultural Building
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02144

This event will explore masculinity as a critical and under-examined factor for understanding pathways to participation and non-participation in forms of violent activity. Panelists will analyze the mechanisms through which harmful notions of masculinity can lead men to violence, and in turn how experiences of violence can shape men’s identities. The discussion will compare the connections and differences between pathways across contexts, and explore possibilities to promote healthier forms of manhood, with the ultimate aim of creating more peaceful and gender-just societies.

Panelists:

Gary Barker, Founder and International Director of Promundo
Kimberly Theidon, Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Curt Rhodes, Founder and International Director of Questscope

The Past is Present: Mass Atrocities and Intergenerational Trauma

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Barnum 008
Sponsored by IMAGE
Researchers who study mass atrocities have long understood that the consequences of violence continue to impact communities even as decades pass. New scientific research suggests that not only are there social, political, financial and historical affects, but there are also changes in the DNA of those who experience trauma. What is more, these changes are passed on to subsequent generations. Join Tufts faculty in a multi-disciplinary discussion of the intergenerational effects of trauma. Panelists will reflect on “The Science of Suffering,” New Republic article detailing the new research on DNA and trauma, as it relates to their own research.
Panelists include:

Kendra Field, Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies;
Barbara Grossman, Professor of Drama in the Department of Drama and Dance;
Dyan Mazurana, Research Director, Feinstein International Center and Associate Research Professor, The Fletcher School;
Lisa Shin, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology.
 
The Nigerian-Cameroon Border Conflict Settlement and Matters Arising

Kenneth Nwoko,  World Peace Foundation Fellow
Thursday, November 12, 2015
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Mugar Hall, M231

Book Lecture: Alex de Waal discusses his new book, The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power

Friday, November 6, 2015
Ginn Library, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

Alex de Waal’s latest book (Polity Press, September 2015) draws on his thirty-year career in Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, including experience as a participant in high-level peace talks, to provide a unique and compelling account of how these countries leaders run their governments, conduct their business, fight their wars and, occasionally, make peace. In The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa, de Waal discusses how leaders operate on a business model, securing funds for their political budgets which they use to rent the provisional allegiances of army officers,militia commanders, tribal chiefs and party officials and how this political marketplace is eroding the institutions of government and reversing state-building.

Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Video of this lecture is available here.

Rebuilding adolescent girls’ lives after conflict

Thursday, October 29, 2015
9:30am-1:00pm
Overseas Development Institute (DFID, UNICEF, the Carter Center) and streamlined online

This event will focus on the psychosocial dimension of rebuilding adolescent girls lives in post conflict settings.  An  invisible/neglected area, even within SCR 1325, psychosocial elements need to be a  central component of policy and programming if women and girls are to be active agents in change processes, especially in post-conflict settings.  Drawing on findings from a 2 year Rebuild/DFID-funded study exploring psychosocial support services for adolescent girls in the post-conflict settings of Gaza, Liberia and Sri-Lanka, this event will explore the kinds of psychosocial stresses adolescent girls face as well as the kinds of psychosocial support services available to them in these contexts. Study findings show that in these country contexts, not only does the category of adolescent girl often fall through the cracks in programme and policy responses, but psychosocial needs are often not recognised and that even where appropriate services exist, usage is limited due to gendered social norms affecting attitudes and behaviours both around service uptake and service provision.

Book Lecture: Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism

Monday, October 26, 2015
6:30pm-8:00pm
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Cabot Building, 7th Floor
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

Conflicts in Africa, Asia and Latin America have become a common focus of advocacy by Western celebrities and NGOs. This provocative volume delves into the realities of these efforts, which have often involved compromising on integrity in pursuit of profile and influence. Contributors and editors Jennifer Ambrose and Trisha Taneja are joined by authors Anat Biletzki, Laura Seay and Alex de Waal as they discuss the often controversial subject of transnational advocacy.

Anat Biletzki is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy at Quinnipiac University (Connecticut, USA) and Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University.
Laura Seay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Colby College, Maine.
Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and Research Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Making and Unmaking Nations

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
5:30pm-7:00pm
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Cabot Building, Room C205
160 Packard Ave.
Medford, MA 02155

In Making and Unmaking Nations, Scott Straus seeks to explain why and how genocide takes place—and, perhaps more important, how it has been avoided in places where it may have seemed likely or even inevitable. To solve that puzzle, he examines postcolonial Africa, analyzing countries in which genocide occurred and where it could have but did not. Grounded in Straus’s extensive fieldwork in contemporary Africa, the study of major twentieth-century cases of genocide, and the literature on genocide and political violence, Making and Unmaking Nations centers on cogent analyses of three nongenocide cases (Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal) and two in which genocide took place (Rwanda and Sudan).

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