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How Peacekeepers Can Better Protect Civilians: Lessons From South Sudan and Beyond

Speaker: Patrick Cammaert
Speaker: Youssef Mahmoud
Presider: Jamille Bigio

As civilians increasingly are targeted in armed conflict, more peace operations have been mandated to protect civilians from physical violence, including sexual violence. Peacekeeping forces around the world have struggled to meet these responsibilities. In one recent example, peacekeepers in South Sudan failed to respond when civilians in a refugee camp were subjected to gross human rights violations and aid workers at a hotel compound were raped. The independent special investigation led by Cammaert found that the peace operation failed to “respond effectively to the violence due to an overall lack of leadership, preparedness, and integration among the various components of the mission.” Drawing on lessons from South Sudan and beyond, Cammaert and Mahmoud will reflect on what’s needed to ensure that peace operations around the world are better able to protect civilians from violence.

See more in Global; Defense and Security

Boosting Women’s Participation in the Economy in Emerging Markets

Speaker: Kaplana Kochhar
Presider: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Drawing on more than a decade of experience researching emerging economies in Asia, Kalpana Kochhar will discuss gender equalities inhibiting economic growth, as well as strategies for removing structural barriers to women’s economic advancement. 

See more in Global; Development

A Conversation With Shauna Olney

Speaker: Shauna Olney
Presider: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Women’s economic advancement is a primary driver of economic growth and development. In this roundtable, Shauna Olney addresses gender inequalities across a variety of labor market indicators, including quantity and quality of jobs. She also discusses the policies that are necessary to improve women’s labor market participation.

See more in Global; Economics

Securing Progress Against Boko Haram: A Conversation With Sarah Sewall

Introductory Remarks: Reuben E. Brigety II
Speaker: Sarah Sewall
Presider: Jamille Bigio

Drawing on her recent trip to Nigeria and Chad, Undersecretary Sewall assesses the ongoing fight against Boko Haram and violent extremism more broadly. She evaluates related humanitarian and stabilization challenges and discusses the need to reintegrate women and girls previously captured by Boko Haram back into society.

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How Women’s Participation Advances Security: A Conversation With Admiral Tidd

Presider: Jamille Bigio
Speaker: Admiral Kurt W. Tidd

In this roundtable discussion, Admiral Tidd shares his insights on the role of women in building peace, preventing conflict, and countering violent extremism. His remarks address the growing body of research establishing that peace and security efforts are more successful and sustainable if women participate, as highlighted in our new report, “How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention and Resolution Advances U.S. Interests.”

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A Conversation with Martha Chen

Speaker: Martha Chen
Presider: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Martha Chen addressed the overrepresentation of women in the informal economy and the challenges they face – including low earnings and lack of social protections, which reinforce the cycle of poverty. She also discussed the resources women need to overcome these challenges and the strategic imperative for more inclusive and equitable policy.

See more in Global; Economics