Center for Preventive Action "Flashpoints" Roundtable Series

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 on the record 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 the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Meetings

Roundtable 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.

Roundtable Meeting

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.

Roundtable Meeting

Kenyan Elections: Prospects for Peace and Stability

Speakers:

Joel D. Barkan, University of Iowa and Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
March 11, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Roundtable Meeting

Renewed Conflict in Iraq

Speakers:

Douglas A. Ollivant, New America Foundation, Meghan L. O'Sullivan, Harvard University

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
September 20, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

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

Speakers:

John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations, Reuben E. Brigety, II, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
September 19, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Instability in the Sahel

Speakers:

Eunice S. Reddick, U.S. Department of State, Susanna Wing, Haverford College

Presider:

John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations
June 14, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Insecurity in Syria

Speaker:

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, United Nations Deparment of Political Affairs

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
January 27, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Turning Tides: Recent Developments in the South China Sea

Speakers:

Robert M. Scher, U.S. Department of Defense, Joshua Kurlantzick, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
October 4, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Turmoil in Syria: What Can the United States Do?

Speakers:

Frederic Hof, U.S. Department of State, Mona Yacoubian, U.S. Institute of Peace

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
September 26, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Stemming the Rising Tide of Violence in Mexico

Speakers:

David A. Shirk, University of San Diego, Andrew D. Selee, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
May 25, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Renewed Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Speakers:

Thomas de Waal, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Svante Cornell, Johns Hopkins University, Joseph Presel, Former U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
May 4, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Instability and Conflict in the DRC

Speakers:

Severine Autesserre, Columbia University, John Marks, National Endowment for Democracy

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
March 25, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation with the Government of South Sudan

Speaker:

Pagan Amum Okiech, Minister 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. Stares, General 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.

Roundtable Meeting

Renewed Conflict in Lebanon

Speakers:

Daniel C. Kurtzer, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Robert Malley, International Crisis Group

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
September 15, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

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

Speakers:

Gad Goldstein, Brookings Institution, Jonathan Schanzer, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Presider:

Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations
March 25, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Succession Crisis in Nigeria

Speakers:

John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations, Peter M. Lewis, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
January 22, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington, DC

Yemen: The Risks Ahead

Speakers:

April Longley Alley, Research Associate, National Defense University, Gregory Johnsen, PhD Candidate, Princeton University

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, CFR
December 16, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ New York, NY

Sudan on the Brink

Speaker:

Alex de Waal, Havard University

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, CFR
December 10, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Conflict over Kurdistan

Speakers:

Lydia Khalil, Council on Foreign Relations, Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations, Qubad Jalal Talabani, Kurdistan Regional Government

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
June 9, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Prospects for Peace in Somalia: The Role of the UN

Speaker:

Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, United Nations Representative to Somalia

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
April 6, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Averting Crisis in Ukraine

Speaker:

Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, Council on Foreign Relations
March 3, 2009

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Roundtable Meeting

Dealing with Pakistan and its Unstable Western Border

Speakers:

Donald A. Camp, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South-Central Asia, U.S. Department of State, Daniel S. Markey, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations, J. Alexander Thier, Senior Rule of Law Adviser & Director, U.S. Institute of Peace

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
September 17, 2008

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington

Independence for Kosovo? Managing the Consequences

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

Speakers:

Janusz Bugajski, Director, CSIS Eastern Europe Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Charles A. Kupchan, Senior Fellow forf Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Daniel P. Serwer, Director, Peace Operations, U.S. Institute of Peace, Dimitri Simes, President, The Nixon Center
December 14, 2007

This meeting is not for attribution.