Center for Preventive Action "Flashpoints" Roundtable Series

Staff: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, and Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
November 2007 - Present

The meeting series focuses attention on situations that are increasingly discernible as "flashpoints" for violent conflict. At each not-for-attribution meeting, experts from government, private sector, and nongovernmental communities present different perspectives on and address discrete elements of the problem. The goal of the "Flashpoints" series is to raise public awareness of potentially explosive places and to offer practical recommendations for preventive action in the discussed state or region.

This series is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Meetings

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Beyond Ukraine: New Flashpoints in Europe

Speakers Kimberly Marten

Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University

, Charles King

Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University

, Henry E. Hale

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, the George Washington University


Presider Paul B. Stares

General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations

May 28, 2014

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Political Instability in Bangladesh

Speakers Alyssa Ayres

Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia; Council on Foreign Relations

, Ali Riaz

Illinois State University


Presider Paul B. Stares

General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action; Council on Foreign Relations

January 8, 2014

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Political Transition in Yemen

Speakers Antonella Caruso

Director, Middle East and West Asia Division, United Nations Department of Political Affairs

, Gregory Johnsen

PhD Candidate in Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University; Author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Queda, and America's War in Arabia


Presider Micah Zenko

Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

September 10, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Kenyan Elections: Prospects for Peace and Stability

Speakers Joel D. BarkanUniversity of Iowa and Center for Strategic and International Studies, John CampbellRalph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider Micah ZenkoDouglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
March 11, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Renewed Conflict in Iraq

Speakers Douglas A. OllivantNew America Foundation, Meghan L. O'SullivanHarvard University
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 20, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Zimbabwe: An Opportunity for Closer U.S.-South Africa Relations

Speakers John CampbellCouncil on Foreign Relations, Reuben E. Brigety IIU.S. Department of State
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 19, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Instability in the Sahel

Speakers Eunice S. ReddickU.S. Department of State, Susanna WingHaverford College
Presider John CampbellCouncil on Foreign Relations
June 14, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Insecurity in Syria

Speaker Oscar Fernandez-TarancoUnited Nations Deparment of Political Affairs
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 27, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Turning Tides: Recent Developments in the South China Sea

Speakers Robert M. ScherU.S. Department of Defense, Joshua KurlantzickCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 4, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Turmoil in Syria: What Can the United States Do?

Speakers Frederic HofU.S. Department of State, Mona YacoubianU.S. Institute of Peace
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 26, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Stemming the Rising Tide of Violence in Mexico

Speakers David A. ShirkUniversity of San Diego, Andrew D. SeleeWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 25, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Renewed Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Speakers Thomas de WaalCarnegie Endowment for International Peace, Svante CornellJohns Hopkins University, Joseph PreselFormer U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 4, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Instability and Conflict in the DRC

Speakers Severine AutesserreColumbia University, John MarksNational Endowment for Democracy
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 25, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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A Conversation with the Government of South Sudan

Speaker Pagan Amum OkiechMinister for Peace and Comprehensive Peace Agreement Implementation, Government of South Sudan; Secretary General, Sudan People's Liberation Movement; Chief Negotiator on North/South Issues
Presider Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
November 17, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Renewed Conflict in Lebanon

Speakers Daniel C. KurtzerWoodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Robert MalleyInternational Crisis Group
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
September 15, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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A New intifada? Assessing the Likelihood of Renewed Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Speakers Gad GoldsteinBrookings Institution, Jonathan SchanzerFoundation for Defense of Democracies
Presider Elliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 25, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Succession Crisis in Nigeria

Speakers John CampbellCouncil on Foreign Relations, Peter M. LewisPaul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 22, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ Washington, DC

Yemen: The Risks Ahead

Speakers April Longley AlleyResearch Associate, National Defense University, Gregory JohnsenPhD Candidate, Princeton University
Presider Paul B. StaresCFR
December 16, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York, NY

Sudan on the Brink

Speaker Alex de WaalHavard University
Presider Paul B. StaresCFR
December 10, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Conflict over Kurdistan

Speakers Lydia KhalilCouncil on Foreign Relations, Steven A. CookCouncil on Foreign Relations, Qubad Jalal TalabaniKurdistan Regional Government
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
June 9, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Prospects for Peace in Somalia: The Role of the UN

Speaker Ahmedou Ould-AbdallahUnited Nations Representative to Somalia
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 6, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Averting Crisis in Ukraine

Speaker Steven PiferBrookings Institution
Presider Paul B. StaresCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 3, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Dealing with Pakistan and its Unstable Western Border

Speakers Donald A. CampPrincipal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South-Central Asia, U.S. Department of State, Daniel S. MarkeySenior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations, J. Alexander ThierSenior Rule of Law Adviser & Director, U.S. Institute of Peace
Presider Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
September 17, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ Washington

Independence for Kosovo? Managing the Consequences

Presider Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
Speakers Janusz BugajskiDirector, CSIS Eastern Europe Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Charles A. KupchanSenior Fellow forf Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Daniel P. SerwerDirector, Peace Operations, U.S. Institute of Peace, Dimitri SimesPresident, The Nixon Center
December 14, 2007

This meeting is not for attribution.

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