This is the 3rd event in the inaugural year of the Abe Fellows Global Forum - Japan and the Leadership of the World Trading System Broad structural changes over the last quarter century are reverberating through the global economy and the institutions that regulate it. Recent US policy has shifted away from a leadership position in both long-standing institutions such as the WTO and newer trade agreements such as TPP-11 and RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership). These shifts are creating room for stronger regional ties and raise the question of which nation(s) will lead trade initiatives in Asia? Additionally, a shift toward populism across the world threatens to lead countries towards greater economic protectionism. Our speakers will focus on questions related to these issues as they relate to Japan, the US-Japan relationship, and East Asia.
Measure of America co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps will participate in the Health, Wealth, and Housing: Promoting Cross-Sector Collaborations for Equity Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Sarah will discuss the latest research and evidence-based strategies that move the needle on improving the quality of life for low-income families with other expert panelists.
Measure of America's Kristen Lewis will present a sneak peek of our upcoming Portrait of Los Angeles County report at the Southern California Grantmakers annual conference.
Measure of America's Partnerships Specialist Vikki Lassiter will be a speaker at MANY's Connection 2017 event, which brings together actors working to improve outcomes for youth from various sectors.
Measure of America’s co-director Kristen Lewis will be a speaker in a meeting about the role of philanthropy work in the Southwest in contributing to the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) co-hosted by the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation.
On July 21, 2017 the Measuring College Learning panel in Art History convened for the first time. With the help of the College Arts Association, the meeting organized eight experts, including artists, freelance art historians, and faculty from across the nation, in order to lay the groundwork for establishing a framework of essential concepts, competencies, and potential avenues for an assessment tool.
On 14 July, UVC Director Tatiana Carayannis participated in a workshop on rethinking United Nations engagement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and options for MONUSCO’s mandate. The meeting was hosted by the International Peace Institute (IPI), the Stimson Center, and the Security Council Report (SCR), and included members of the Security Council.
Measure of America's Vikki Lassiter will speak at Bringing Education Home: Affordable Housing and Education Summit, hosted by the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA). The summit brings together experts and senior staff from the nation's largest public housing authorities with the goal of foster peer-to-peer problem-solving, sharing of best practices, and networking.
Towards a stronger UN-AU partnership in PSOs: On 6 July 6, 2017, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) and the New York-based Social Science Research Council (SSRC) organized a workshop at the African Union (AU) on "Partnerships and Financing of PSOs in Africa." The workshop aimed to explore gaps in the management of Peace Support Operations (PSOs) on the continent, by assessing current collaborations and financing arrangements. "Based on the trends and subject to receiving 25% of the peace fund from member states, the AU will be able to finance operations that last for 6 months and involve about 10,000 personnel; limiting the need to collaborate only to missions that require combat operations and with no exit strategy in sight," Dr. Okeke said.
CPPF consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper examining the changes in media freedom since Myanmar began opening up, the laws that are used to target journalists, and the recent increase in prosecutions and the implications for freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
On 16 June 2017, members of the UVC’s DRC Affinity Group briefed the Office of the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide on developments and risks in the Democratic Republic of Congo in advance of the Special Adviser’s trip to the region. This discussion emphasized the importance of history in understanding the tragic recent events in the Kasai provinces, but also stressed that there are number of worrying trends in other provinces that are also worthy of attention.
This workshop, held in Mainz, Germany, continued the partnership between SSRC’s Anxieties of Democracy program and the Democratic Anxieties project supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The workshop provided a collegial space for early career American and German scholars of democracy to present their research to each other and a set of senior social scientists from both sides of the Atlantic. Topics included minority representation, the success of populism, and the surveillance state.
On 14 June 2017, the UVC, in partnership with the Security Council Report and the World Peace Foundation, co-hosted an event on “AU-UN Cooperation in Peace Operations.” In light of the May 2017 Special Issue of the African Security Review journal, a number of the authors including presented their findings from their articles, including UVC Director, Tatiana Carayannis, who spoke to lessons from the Central African Republic. The meeting also served as an opportunity to discuss the lessons from earlier UN-AU partnerships on security governance.