Center for Preventive Action United Nations Roundtable Series

Director: Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow
April 2009 - Present

The UN Roundtable meeting series seeks to organize high-level discussions with senior UN officials, including officials from member states and regional organizations, on timely issues related to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, and international security. A core group of selected invitees from member state governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental communities will participate in these discussions. The goal of these not-for-attribution meetings is to raise awareness of the role of the UN in addressing critical issues of peace and security. The UN Roundtable meeting series is cosponsored by the Center for Preventive Action and the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, and made possible by the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

Meetings

Roundtable Meeting

The Post-2015 Development Agenda

Speakers:

Stephan Tafrov, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN Chair of the UN General Assembly Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Affairs Committee, Elizabeth M. Cousens, U.S. Representative on the UN Economic and Social Council

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
February 19, 2014

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ New York

Media Reporting on the United Nations

Speakers:

Louis Charbonneau, UN Bureau Chief, Reuters, Barbara Crossette, the Nation, Colum Lynch, UN Correspondent, Foreign Policy Magazine, Talal Al-Haj, UN Bureau Chief, Al-Arabiya News Channel

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
February 3, 2014

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Global Counterterrorism Strategies

Speakers:

Jean-Paul Laborde, UN Security Council Counterterrorism Committee Executive Directorate, Kimberly Prost, UN Security Council al-Qaeada Sanctions Committee, Anton Du Plessis, Institute for Security Studies

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow
November 4, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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The Protection of Journalists in Armed Conflict

Speakers:

Suzanne Bilello, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Bruce Shapiro, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Julia Thallinger, Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
June 27, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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The UN Human Rights Council: Its Relevance and the U.S. Role

Speaker:

Eileen Donahoe, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council

Presider:

Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations; International Relations Chair, Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, Georgetown University
March 4, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Civil War in Syria and International Responses

Speaker:

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, UN Department of Political Affairs

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
February 21, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

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The United Nations and the Rule of Law

Speakers:

Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations, Matthew C. Waxman, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations
September 20, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Sudan and South Sudan: Brokering a Peaceful Resolution

Speaker:

His Excellency Haile Menkeiros, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
June 29, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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International Peacekeeping: What's Next?

Speaker:

Victoria Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations
May 29, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Demand Driven Democratization: The Role of the UN Democracy Fund

Speakers:

Roland Rich, Executive Head, United Nations Democracy Fund;Officer-In-Charge, United Nations Office for Partnerships, Mark P. Lagon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights, Council on Foreign Relations; International Relations Chair, MSFS Program, Georgetown University
April 23, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Implementing the U.S. National Action Plan Women, Peace, and Security

Speakers:

Rob Berschinski, National Security Council, Colleen Laughlin, Department of Defense, Brig. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Department of Defense

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
April 4, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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The UN's Role in Promoting Human Rights

Speakers:

Suzanne F. Nossel, Amnesty International USA, Joanna Weschler, Security Council Report

Presider:

Stewart M. Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations
February 1, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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UNESCO, Palestine, and the UN System

Speaker:

Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO

Presiders:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations, Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
December 16, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Engaging with Nonstate Armed Groups

Speakers:

Payton L. Knopf, U.S. Department of State, Teresa Whitfield, Center on International Cooperation

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Fellow for Preventive Action
December 13, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Assessing Prospects for Security Council Reform

Speakers:

H. Singh Puri, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, Kazuo Kodama, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations

Presider:

Stewart M. Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations
December 7, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Why Women Matter in Peacebuilding

Speakers:

Michelle Bachelet, Undersecretary General and Executive Director, UN Women, Carla Koppell, Senior Coordinator, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, USAID, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers, United Nations (2011-2012) and Cofounder, International Civil Society Action Network, Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and Former Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Presiders:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow and Deputy Director of Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations
November 14, 2011

This meeting is on the record.

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Taking Stock of the 2011 Opening of the UN General Assembly: A Conversation with Samantha Power

Speaker:

Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights

Presider:

Stewart M. Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations
October 6, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Taking Stock of the UN High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases

Speakers:

Nils Daulaire, Director, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kelly Henning, Director, International Health Programs, Bloomberg Foundation

Presider:

Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations
September 30, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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A Conversation with Riyad Mansour

Speaker:

Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
September 9, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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The United States and the Future of Peacekeeping

Speaker:

Annie Pforzeimer, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
May 13, 2011

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Assessing AMISOM: A Progress Report from the AU Mission in Somalia

Speakers:

His Excellency Boubacar Gaoussou Diarra, African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Bronwyn E. Bruton, One Earth Future Foundation

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
March 11, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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UN's Role in Protecting Women and Children in Conflict

Speakers:

Susan Bissell, United Nations, Margot Wallström, United Nations

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
February 24, 2011

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Rules of Engagement: A Conversation with Our UN Ambassadors in Geneva, Vienna, Montreal, and Rome

Speakers:

Esther Diane Brimmer, U.S. Department of State, Ertharin Cousin, U.S. Department of State, Glyn Davies, U.S. Department of State, Betty King, U.S. Department of State, Joseph Murphy, U.S. Department of State, Duane Woerth, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Stewart M. Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations
February 1, 2011

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Drones on Trial: The United States Before the Human Rights Council

Speakers:

Philip Alston, New York University School of Law, Ashley S. Deeks, Columbia University School of Law

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
November 11, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Assessing UN and U.S. Policy for Somalia

Speakers:

Bronwyn E. Bruton, Council on Foreign Relations, Joao Honwana, Africa I Division, United Nations Department of Political Affairs

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
April 6, 2010

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Iran Sanctions: Negotiating a Fourth UN Security Council Sanctions Resolution on Iran

Speakers:

Brian Hook, Latitude, LLC, Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Presider:

Kara C. McDonald, Council on Foreign Relations
March 16, 2010

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France-UK-U.S. Cooperation in the UN Security Council and Beyond

Speakers:

Gerard Araud, Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, Mark Lyall Grant, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, Alejandro Daniel Wolff, Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations

Presiders:

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Kara C. McDonald, Council on Foreign Relations
January 27, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Operationalizing the Responsibility to Protect and the Challenge of Genocide Prevention in the United Nations

Speakers:

Edward C. Luck, International Peace Institute, Francis M. Deng, United Nations

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
January 13, 2010

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ New York, NY

Lessons Learned by Non-Permanent Members of the UN Security Council

Speakers:

Le Luong Minh, Permanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the UN, Jorge Urbina, Permament Mission of Costa Rica to the UN, Ranko Vilovic, .Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the UN

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Fellow for Conflict Prevention, Council on Foreign Relations
December 16, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ New York, NY

The Middle East Peace Process: A Conversation with Robert Serry

Speakers:

Robert Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East, United Nations, Micah Zenko, Fellow, Center for Preventive Action, CFR
September 21, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting ⁄ Washington, D.C.

Relief and Development in a New Era of U.S. Engagement

Speaker:

Gayle E. Smith, National Security Council

Presider:

Kara C. McDonald, International Affairs Fellow, CFR
September 10, 2009 12:15-2:00 p.m.

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The UN Mission in Sudan: A Conversation with Ambassador Ashraf Qazi

Speaker:

Ambassador Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Sudan, United Nations

Discussant:

Andrew S. Natsios, Georgetown University

Presider:

Kara C. McDonald, Council on Foreign Relations
June 22, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

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The UN Mission in Iraq: A Conversation with Staffan de Mistura

Speaker:

Staffan de Mistura, United Nations

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
June 22, 2009

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The United Nation's Role in Conflict Prevention: A Conversation with Robert C. Orr

Speaker:

Robert C. Orr, United Nations

Presider:

Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
May 11, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.