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1. The Armed Conflict Survey 2019 Launch

  • Chaired ByKori Schake
  • SpeakerDr Francesca Grandi
  • SpeakerVirginia Comolli

The Armed Conflict Survey is the comprehensive reference on active conflicts worldwide, providing evidence-based analysis of key political, military and humanitarian developments and their impact. This year’s edition includes 33 conflict reports across six regions in 2018 and four essays on global trends in conflict, such as the security impact of climate change, the manipulation of humanitarian aid by warring parties, the complex relation between forced displacement and war, and the distinctive dynamics of conflict in cities. This year’s Armed Conflict Survey has been redesigned to provide a systematic overview of each armed conflict, from historical roots to future trends, detailed information on warring parties and their strategies and tactics, as well as 70 maps, infographics and tables.

By tracing the global, regional and local trends driving conflict, the Armed Conflict Surveybrings clarity and insight to the complex drivers of armed conflict today.

Dr Francesca Grandi is the Editor of the Armed Conflict Survey and Senior Fellow for Conflict, Security and Development. She has extensive expertise on conflict analysis, conflict prevention and post-conflict reconciliation.

Virginia Comolli leads the Conflict, Security and Development Programme, the Institute’s repository of analytical work related to armed conflicts, as well as fragility and insecurity in their multiple forms. She has extensive expertise on Sub-Saharan Africa, organised crime and extremism.

Please join us for the launch of the Armed Conflict Survey 2019 on 15 May for tea and coffee from 9am.

This event will take place in the Lee Kuan Yew Room. Credits| IISS


2. Local peacekeeping: a critical assessment

  • Chaired ByDr Andrew Tchie
  • SpeakerProfessor Han Dorussen

UN Peacekeepers increasingly find themselves operating in environments where there is little ‘peace’ to keep. Traditionally, United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UN-PKOs) were deployed in the aftermath of a peace agreement containing a ceasefire and a commitment to further dialogue. More recently, peacekeepers have been deployed following immediate humanitarian emergencies (e.g. Timor Leste) or when a meaningful conflict resolution process was not in place (e.g. Mali). UN peacekeepers have also regularly experienced a quick deterioration of the situation on the ground following deployment, as seen in the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The UN has, in some instances, been responding by means of more robust peacekeeping, while in others by emphasising political over peacekeeping missions. The increased focus on local peacekeeping highlights the importance of pushing mediation efforts at the local level and advocates for strengthening the role of community policing. With this in mind, what are the advantages and drawbacks of local peacekeeping?

In this roundtable discussion, Professor Dorussen will present his research that suggests UN-PKOs have a positive impact on reducing violence at the local level. He will also critically assess this evidence and raise possible arguments for the limited impact of local peacekeeping.

Han Dorussen is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. His current research interests include peacekeeping operations and the governance of post-conflict societies, the relationship between trade and conflict, the use of economic policies in international politics and policy convergence in the European Union. His research on peacekeeping has been published in several leading international journals, such as International Organizations, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research and International Peacekeeping. He is a board member of the Network of European Peace Scientists, associate editor for the Journal of Peace Research, international affiliate of Centro Europeo di Scienza della Pace (CESPIC), and a member of the Michael Nicholson Centre of Conflict and Cooperation.

Dr Andrew Tchie is the Editor of the IISS Armed Conflict Database (ACD) which focuses on monitoring armed conflict trends globally. He manages the ACD and provides critical analysis on conflicts, actors in conflict, peacekeeping and the use of indiscriminate violence. He also has extensive experience in providing policy recommendations for international organisations and governments. Through the ACD he focuses on understanding civil war dynamics and violence against civilians by state and non-state actors.

This event will take place in the Trafalgar Room. Credits| IISS

3. On Judges and Revolution in Postcolonial Egypt

Monday 27 May, 18:30-20:30

Auditorium Ivan Pictet B | Maison de la paix, Geneva

Judges by and large stood at the sidelines during Egypt’s “18 Days” of mass protests in Jan-Feb 2011. The very few who made it to Tahrir Square, however, were commonly recognized with a staple chant: “Judges hear us judges! Save us from the tyrants!” Such is the case no more. If many a Tahrir slogan seems fanciful today, none is more so than past calls for judges as revolutionary allies. A veritable judicialization of politics unfolded—and to disappointing results. As revolutionary demands for retribution went to court and lost over and again, the big question remains: Did the revolution fail because the rule of law was misapplied by puppets on the bench, or was strict adherence to the principles of liberal legality itself responsible for the counter-revolutionary success we see today?

Amr Shalakany: Associate Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Law & Society Research Unit at the American University in Cairo (AUC). He has also held visiting positions at L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Perugia University Law School, the London School of Economics, Brown University, and Harvard Law School.

This event is part of the lecture series on”Dismantling the Rule of Law?” organised by the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. Credits| Graduate Institute Geneva.

4. Africa’s 4th industrial revolution: endless opportunities

Date: 28 May 2019
Time: Registration at 09h30, Seminar from 10h00 – 12h30
Venue: Conference room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court
(paid parking available at Brooklyn Mall) – map
This event will also be webcast live via YouTube

Could the 4th industrial revolution accelerate economic transformation in Africa, leading to higher rates of productivity and growth? To improve the livelihoods of Africa’s large and fast-growing population, labour must be rapidly moved into more productive sectors, such as manufacturing.

Given the negotiations about deindustrialisation in South Africa and elsewhere, and the potential of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, this seminar will debate the opportunities and challenges presented by the 4th industrial revolution.

This seminar is co-hosted by ISS and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

Chair: Ottilia Anna Maunganjidze, Head, Special Projects, ISS

•Dr Martyn Davies, Deloitte
•Dr Jong-dae Park, Ambassador, Republic of Korea
•Marius Oosthuizen, GIBS. Credits| ISS

5. Democracy in Transition?
India After the General Election

Tuesday 28 May 2019, 18:15 – 19:45

Auditorium Pictet A | Maison de la paix, Geneva

How will India’s newly elected Parliament tackle pressing economic and social issues such as persistent inequality and ongoing agrarian crisis? James Crabtree, author of the bestseller book The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age and former Mumbai bureau chief of theFinancial Times, will have a conversation with Shaila Seshia Galvin on the results of the Indian elections that will be announced on 23 May. They will discuss some key questions that have been raised during the electoral campaign, including those about the democratic process itself, and will consider the implications of the current political phase in the context of long term political and economic developments.

James Crabtree, Associate Professor of Practice, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Shaila Seshia Galvin, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute

This event is organised in partnership with the Asia Society Switzerland and in collaboration with the Association Genève Asie and the Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce.  Credits| Graduate Institute Geneva

7. How to Advance Inclusive Peace Processes

Mobilizing Men as Partners for Women, Peace, and Security

Efforts to develop more inclusive peace processes are making progress. Yet, 20 years after the passage of U.N. Security Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security, very few women are currently part of formal peace processes. This gap is exemplified by the recent struggles of Afghan women to be included in peace talks and U.N. reports that showed between 1990 and 2017, women constituted only 2 percent of mediators, 8 percent of negotiators, and 5 percent of witnesses and signatories in major peace processes.


Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019

Event Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW,
Washington, DC

 A new initiative from Our Secure Future, “Mobilizing Men as Partners for Women, Peace and Security,” seeks to remedy this by calling on men in gatekeeping positions throughout the defense, diplomacy, development, civil society, faith-based, and business sectors to commit to ensuring women are an equal part of peace processes and decision making.

Join the U.S. Institute of Peace for an event exploring how men in leadership positions are organizing as partners to identify, encourage, and mobilize collective voices in the support of women’s engagement in the pursuit of peace. By bringing global citizens more fully into this campaign, these stakeholders can step away from the sidelines of the women, peace, and security movement and more fully stand alongside—and empower—the women leading the effort.

Reception to follow.Speakers

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini
Founder and Executive Director, ICAN

Ambassador Donald Steinberg 
Fellow, Our Secure Future

Ambassador Steven McGann
Founder, The Stevenson Group

Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Ambassador Rick Barton
Co-director, Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative, Princeton University

Sahana Dharmapuri
Director, Our Secure Future

Rosarie Tuccimoderator
Director, Inclusive Peace Processes, U.S. Institute of Peace


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8. Multi-Domain Battle Management Summit

This is coming to Washington, D.C. this August 21-23, 2019. You can demand for he digital brochure with more information about the event.

This 3-day summit will focus on addressing the challenges faced by the DoD to augment its service wide MDO directive – namely, that communication systems and C2 capabilities for enhanced tactical and strategic level operations, for all military branches, will be joined, creating a single management system in combat.

Esteemed speakers include:

  • Lieutenant General Daniel O’Donohue, Director for Joint Force Development, J7, Joint Staff
  • Major General  Sean Gainey, Deputy Director Force Protection J8 Joint Staff
  • Rear Admiral George Wikoff, Deputy Director of Operations, National Joint Operations Intelligence Center, Operations Team 5, J3 Joint Staff
  • Brigadier General Johnny Davis, Commanding General, Joint Modernization Command ARCIC, U.S. Army
  • Colonel Benjamin Ring, Director, J9 ARD, USCYBERCOM
  • Colonel Timothy Lawrence, Director of Information Directorate,  AFRL and Commander,  Detachment 4
  • John Garstka, Deputy Director Cyber, Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, DTIC
  • Michael McCarthy, Michael McCarthy, Chief, Plans and Operations, Network Cross-Functional Team
  • Ebony Mullins, Intelligence Systems Integration Branch Head, U.S. Navy
  • Colonel Douglas Macgregor (USA, Retired), Commander 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, Executive VP, Burke-Macgregor Group LLC
  • Colonel Eric Walters (USMC, Retired) Marine Air/Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Intelligence Officer, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Operational Art, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
  • Colonel James Hickey (USA, Retired), Former Senate Armed Services Committee Senior Military Advisor
Christell Cherenfant,
Program Director
Multi-Domain Battle Management 
August 21-23, 2019
Washington, D.C.
8. Migration, Investment, and Competition: The Middle East and the Horn of Africa

When: Monday, May 20th

Where: National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

Register to attend

The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host a half-day conference on the evolving internal dynamics in the Horn of Africa region, and the ways in which these countries are affecting and being affected by events and conflicts in the broader Middle East. Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia face a myriad of security and development challenges, including instability in and migration from neighboring Middle Eastern countries. Meanwhile, the Horn of Africa region is emerging as a new battleground for competition among rising global powers in the Middle East and East Asia.


1:00-2:15 | Panel I: Humanitarian and Security Challenges in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia

Yoseph Badwaza: Senior program officer, Africa, Freedom House

Bronwyn Burton: Deputy director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council

Makila James: Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Africa and the Sudans, U.S. Department of State

Susan Stigant: Director, Africa, United States Institute of Peace

Salem Solomon (moderator): Correspondent, VOA News

2:15-2:45 | Coffee Break

2:45-4:00 | Panel II: Key Regional Players and Competition in the Horn of Africa

Elana DeLozier: Research fellow,Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP)

Michael Woldemariam: Assistant professor of international relations and political science, Boston University

Gonul Tol: Director, center for Turkish studies, MEI

Yasmine Farouk: Visiting scholar, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Join the conversation
Teewt #MEIAfrica during the event and connect with us below. Credits| MEI

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