Net neutrality became a major issue in the United States in 2007 when Comcast was revealed to have “blocked” the Bit Torrent traffic, which resulted in a number of legal challenges in the courts, and calls for government action. Since then, net neutrality has continued to be a hot issue for policy discussions in the U.S. There have also been extensive debates in the European Union over net neutrality, which will orientate future regulations for telecommunications. Despite the heated nature of these de…
Tatiana Carayannis, CPPF Deputy Director and member of the DRC Affinity Group, participated in a day-long conference on national reforms, security, and regional conflict dynamics in the DRC, hosted by the Royal Institute for International Relations on 10 December 2013, at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium. Carayannis presented on a panel focused on the regional and international responses to the governance and security challenges in the DRC.
On 10 December, Affinity Group members Tatiana Carayannis, Pascal Kambale, and Koen Vlassenroot participated in a day-long conference on national reforms, security, and regional conflict dynamics in the DRC, hosted by the Royal Institute for International Relations on 10 December 2013, at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Belgium. Carayannis presented on a panel focused on the regional and international responses to the governance and security challenges in the DRC.
On December 9-10, CPPF held a meeting on Ukraine and Belarus in Brussels. The meeting brought together a small number of senior United Nations policymakers, and a few independent subject-matter experts to identify possible policy options for DPA on Belarus and Ukraine. Senior representatives from the UN Country Teams from Belarus and Ukraine attended the sessions, along with DPA officials from New York and senior representatives of the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Securit…
The SSRC’s Education Research Program convened a group of historians to discuss ways to define and measure student learning outcomes in the field of history.
CPPF Director Bill O’Neill addressed the Schimmel International Forum at the University of Scranton, (PA) on “The evolution of UN peacekeeping : from Sinai to Haiti.”.
CPPF organized a meeting to discuss the truce between gangs in El Salvador, including how the truce developed, its successes and failures, and the possibility of replicating it in other parts of the region.
CPPF Associate Director Renata Segura, together with CPPF Program Associate Sabrina Stein, produced a report entitled “The Global Drug Policy Debate: Experiences from the Americas and Europe”, at the request of the West African Commission on Drugs (WACD) as part of the WACDs background paper series.
CPPF, in cooperation with American University, organized a meeting to discuss journalist Héctor Silva’s book on the infiltration of organized crime in the National Police in El Salvador. Silva discussed his research findings, particularly on how decisions made during the peace agreements and by the UN Mission (ONUSAL) facilitated this infiltration, in an attempt to draw lessons learned for other Missions.
CPPF held a briefing for CPPF donors and UN colleagues about recent research carried out by a consultant which includes a year-long effort interviewing many key players in the Syrian crisis: government, opposition, civil society, exile leaders, and others assessing what issues or themes might bring all parties to the table.
Bill O’Neill was interviewed by Radio France Internationale (in French) about the current situation in Haiti for their world affairs program “Géo-Politique”, broadcasted on Sunday, November 24 2013.
At the request of DPA Europe Division, CPPF organized a meeting on drug policy in Europe to discuss the impact of drugs and international crime on governance and stability in the region.
DRC Affinity Group member and Director of the Rift Valley Institute’s Usalama Project, Jason Stearns, co-hosted a three-day workshop in Kinshasa to discuss the project’s various research reports on armed groups, their policy considerations and the challenges to demobilization and security sector reform. DRC Affinity Group member and Director of the Rift Valley Institute’s Usalama Project, Jason Stearns, co-hosted a three-day workshop in Kinshasa to discuss the project’s various research reports on…
A delegation from the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China visited SSRC and met with CPPF Deputy Director Tatiana Carayannis and Program Associate Ciara Aucoin to discuss the history of CPPF, areas of work (particularly those related to China-Africa), and possible future collaboration.
CPPF organized a meeting on the crucial topic of post-conflict reconciliation efforts. The meeting analyzed grass-roots initiatives from several counties, including Northern Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone to try to identify approaches that address the many traumas caused by conflict. A principal objective of the meeting was to bring together disparate parts of the UN system to assess their work and identify a common, coherent approach.
The focus of the second consultation on Authority, Community, and Identity was to understand how Catholic, Muslim and secular actors communicate, conceptualize, institutionalize, and organize these three factors in two geographic regions: sub-Saharan Africa and Indonesia. Consultants with expertise in each region gathered to propose relevant topics for further research, to explore possibilities for a comparative study between the regions, and to identify methods and possible participants for a working gro…
A meeting with UN officials from HQ in New York and Country Teams of the region focused on local experiences and understandings of the transitions across North Africa in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Participants discussed regional trends and challenges, as well as how the current structure of international engagement can be more supportive to the transitional regimes moving forward.
CPPF organized a meeting to discuss the complexities of mining in Colombia at the request of the Resident Coordinator in the country.
…2013 Dissertation Development Fellows Workshop at Yale University On October 3-5, 2013 the ten 2013 Dissertation Development fellows will meet for a three day workshop at Yale University. The workshop is led by Professor Douglas Rogers, Associate Professor of Anthropolgy and member of the SSRC Eurasia Program Selection and Advisory Commiitte, and hosted by the European Studies Council at Yale University. Molly Brunson (Yale), Michael David-Fox (Georgetown), and Jessica Pisano (New School) will join the wo…
A talk by Chris Hann, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology A talk by Chris Hann, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Presented by the Council on European Studies and the Anthropology Depaertment of Yale University. October 3rd, 4PM, 10 Sachem Street, New Haven CT.
Members of the DRC Affinity Group took part in a brainstorming with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Mrs. Mary Robinson, to take stock and discuss the next steps for the continued implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the region. Members of the DRC Affinity Group took part in a brainstorming with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Mrs. Mary Robins…