Event Transcripts

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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

The Future of the U.S. Supreme Court

Speaker: Linda Greenhouse
Speaker: Charles M. Lane
Speaker: James D. Zirin
Presider: Michael Kramer

Experts provide their perspectives on the polarization of the U.S. Supreme Court, the role partisan politics has played in recent decisions, and the impact of the presidential election on the Court.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy

Foreign Affairs January Issue Launch: Out of Order? The Future of the International System

Speaker: Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Speaker: Kori Schake
Presider: Gideon Rose

Gideon Rose discusses the January/February 2017 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine with contributors Joseph S. Nye Jr. and Kori Schake. The latest issue of Foreign Affairs takes an in-depth look at the future of the liberal international order, and the role of the United States within it.

See more in Global; Foreign Aid; NATO

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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