Center for Preventive Action United Nations Roundtable Series

Director: Micah Zenko, Senior 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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The United States and the Future of Peacekeeping

Speaker Annie PforzeimerU.S. Department of State
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil 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 DiarraAfrican Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Bronwyn E. BrutonOne Earth Future Foundation
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 11, 2011

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UN's Role in Protecting Women and Children in Conflict

Speakers Susan BissellUnited Nations, Margot WallströmUnited Nations
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil 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 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

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

Speakers Philip AlstonNew York University School of Law, Ashley S. DeeksColumbia University School of Law
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil on Foreign Relations
November 11, 2010

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Assessing UN and U.S. Policy for Somalia

Speakers Bronwyn E. BrutonCouncil on Foreign Relations, Joao HonwanaAfrica I Division, United Nations Department of Political Affairs
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 6, 2010

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

Speakers Brian HookLatitude, LLC, Patrick ClawsonWashington Institute for Near East Policy
Presider Kara C. McDonaldCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 16, 2010

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

Speakers Gerard AraudPermanent Mission of France to the United Nations, Mark Lyall GrantPermanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, Alejandro Daniel WolffPermanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations
Presiders Manuel Lafont RapnouilCenter for Strategic & International Studies, Kara C. McDonaldCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 27, 2010

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

Speakers Edward C. LuckInternational Peace Institute, Francis M. DengUnited Nations
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 13, 2010

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Meeting ⁄ New York, NY

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

Speakers Le Luong MinhPermanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the UN, Jorge UrbinaPermament Mission of Costa Rica to the UN, Ranko Vilovic.Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the UN
Presider Micah ZenkoFellow for Conflict Prevention, Council on Foreign Relations
December 16, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ New York, NY

The Middle East Peace Process: A Conversation with Robert Serry

Speakers Robert SerryUnited Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East, United Nations, Micah ZenkoFellow, Center for Preventive Action, CFR
September 21, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.

Meeting ⁄ Washington, D.C.

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

Speaker Gayle E. SmithNational Security Council
Presider Kara C. McDonaldInternational 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 QaziSpecial Representative of the Secretary-General in Sudan, United Nations
Discussant Andrew S. NatsiosGeorgetown University
Presider Kara C. McDonaldCouncil on Foreign Relations
June 22, 2009

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

Speaker Staffan de MisturaUnited Nations
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil 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. OrrUnited Nations
Presider Micah ZenkoCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 11, 2009

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