Conference

The Persistence of Racial Inequality

The seemingly intractable problem of racial inequality in the United States—despite periods of tremendous progress—is evident in numerous measures of disparity (poverty rates, educational achievement, household net worth, homicide and imprisonment rates, and much more). The question is why racial inequality persists. On October 14, 2020, Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council; Joshua Cohen, academic faculty, Apple University; Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University; and Glenn C. Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Brown University, considered this question and discussed social policy remedies to promote racial equality and the …

A Discussion on Race and Racism

On September 30, 2020, the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) held a discussion on race and racism moderated by SSRC president Alondra Nelson and Joy Connolly, president of ACLS, featuring Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project; and Bianca Williams, associate professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This event is presented as part of the Social Science …

2020 SSRC Fellow Seminar with Aihwa Ong

Near-Humans, Cloned Monkeys, & CRISPR Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China’s Quest for Biosecurity September 24, 2020 The Social Science Research Council invites applications to participate in an exclusive seminar on “Near-Humans, Cloned Monkeys, & CRISPR Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China’s Quest for Biosecurity” led by the Council’s 2020 SSRC Fellow, Professor Aihwa Ong. The seminar will take place via Zoom on Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. eastern time. The SSRC Fellow initiative invites distinguished scholars to the Council to strengthen research and programming in the areas in which we currently work or aspire to work. Professor …

Natural Resources, Sustainable Development, and Peace in Africa

On June 30, 2020, the Wilson Center Africa Program, under the banner of the Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding (SVNP), and the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network (APN) hosted a virtual event on “Natural Resources, Sustainable Development, and Peace in Africa.” Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Director, Wilson Center Africa Program, Washington, D.C., gave the welcome remarks; while Dr. Cyril Obi, Program Director, African Peacebuilding Network, Social Science Research Council, New York City, set the stage for and moderated the discussion. Dr. Dauda Garuba, Technical Adviser, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Abuja, Nigeria; Dr. Resty Naiga, Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Development Studies, …

National and Regional Ownership: Investments & Partnerships in African-led Initiatives in Peace, Security and Development

CPPF Director, Dr. Tatiana Carayannis moderated a high-level side event at the UN Secretariat with the deputy foreign minister of Kenya, Ambassador Macharia Kamau. The discussion, on “National and Regional Ownership: Investments & Partnerships in African-Led Initiatives in Peace, Security and Development,” included a panel with the UN ambassadors from Egypt, Brazil, Thailand, India, and the African Union.

Rethinking Approaches to Chronic Crises in Africa: American and African Perspectives

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in association with Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (CPRF), held a conference on “Rethinking Approaches to Chronic Crises in Africa: American and African Perspectives,” at the John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies’ Kenney Auditorium, on March 5, 2020. The conference was organized around two panels featuring leading African scholars and American policy makers, implementers, and development actors.

Rethinking Approaches to Chronic Crises in Africa: American and African Perspectives

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in association with Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (CPRF), held a conference on “Rethinking Approaches to Chronic Crises in Africa: American and African Perspectives,” at the John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies’ Kenney Auditorium, on March 5, 2020. The conference was organized around two panels featuring leading African scholars and American policy makers, implementers, and development actors. The conference featured opening remarks by Cyril Obi, Program Director of the African Peacebuilding Network and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa programs at the Social Science Research Council …

Sanctions and Human Rights (Geneva)

On 13-14 January, CPPF convened an expert brainstorming on the impact of sanctions and human rights. The brainstorming analyzed the debate surrounding the nexus of sanctions and human rights to better inform the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights understanding and guidance in the field and at its headquarters.

5th Annual CPPF-DPA MENA RC Forum (Geneva)

On 16-18 December, CPPF co-hosted its Sixth Annual Middle East and North Africa UN Resident Coordinators’ Forum in Geneva. The annual forum, the first to take place under the new United Nations Reform of 2019 brought together the MENA region’s Resident Coordinators, representatives from other parts of the UN system, and external academic experts to examine the challenges facing the MENA region and to brainstorm new entry points and opportunities for the UN.

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