“The Evolution of International Conflict: Prevention and Response”, a Conversation with Jean-Marie Guéhenno

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•12•14    18:30 - 19:30

    On 14 December 2017, UNU will host “The Evolution of International Conflict: Prevention and Response, a conversation with Jean-Marie Guéhenno, President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Crisis Group.

    Despite a steady decline in armed conflict since the end of the Cold War, the recent past has seen a proliferation in conflicts once more. These modern conflicts signal the erosion of international norms and a widening political divide between previously amicable states. Deepening global and regional rivalries, and the exploitation of local grievances by radical non-state actors, are further fuelling these conflicts. How should the international community respond to the changing nature of conflict? And how should current methods of conflict prevention and resolution be adapted to meet these changing circumstances?

    Mr Guéhenno will join Mr Sebastian von Einsiedel, Director of the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation on the evolution of modern conflicts within a changing geopolitical landscape, and if the international community has the right tools to prevent and respond to them.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation both during the event and at the reception that will follow, where food and drinks will be served. Please kindly note that this event will be held on the ground floor ‘Annex Space’. Directions will be provided on the day.

    This event will be in English only (no Japanese interpretation). Advance registration (by 13 December) is required via the REGISTER button above.

    About the speaker

    Jean-Marie Guéhenno is President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Crisis Group. Prior, he served in various capacities at the United Nations, for the French Republic, and in academia. Notable amongst these are his appointments as Deputy Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for Syria in 2012, and the UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations between 2000 and 2008. He has served as Director of Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution, Chairperson of Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale, and is currently Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

    For his eminent accomplishments and contributions, Mr Guéhenno is an officer of the ‘Légion d’honneur’ and Commander of the ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz’ of Germany.


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