On the eve of the midterm elections, FiveThirtyEight Senior Political Writer Clare Malone leads a conversation with John Sides, professor of political science at George Washington University and coauthor of the new book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America, which provides a gripping, in-depth account of the 2016 presidential election from the bruising primaries, to the election night that defied the predictions of pundits and pollsters. The Media & Democracy program presents this event in partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society. With support from: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation The Democracy Fund The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
On 24-25 October 2018, CPPF is organized a two-day, closed-doors meeting in partnership with the UN Development Programme on responses to situations of high criminal violence, focused on the case of El Salvador. The meeting took place at the Penn Club of New York, and was attended by several experts from the field, UN agency representatives, two UN Special Rapporteurs, and the UN Resident Coordinator for El Salvador.
At the request of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, CPPF and the UVC collaboratively organized a meeting on "Security Sector Reform in the Central African Republic (CAR)." The meeting, held at the Penn Club of New York, was attended by representatives from the CAR defense ministry, officials from UN Headquarters, MINUSCA (the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR), Central African scholars, and international experts on reforming security forces. The closed-door session also delved into topics such as reintegration of ex-combatants and recommendations for UN engagement.
Please join us at The New School's Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies for an upcoming debate between Michael Dawson (University of Chicago) and Nancy Fraser (The New School) on the relationship between Race and Capitalism. The conversation will center on two distinct themes, "Black Politics and the Neoliberal Racial Order" and "Expropriation and Exploitation in Racialized Capitalism." The debate will be recorded as an episode of Race and Capitalism's New Dawn Podcast. The work of Race and Capitalism is supported in part through a partnership with the Scholarly Borderlands Initiative.
On 9 October 2018, CPPF organized a small briefing for its donor representatives based in New York on the current situation in Myanmar. The briefing was conducted by an experienced practitioner from the field, who is also part of CPPF’s network of experts on Myanmar. The briefing primarily focused on the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State, and the spillover effects of population displacement.
CPPF and UVC co-organized a workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, on "The Private Sector and the Prevention Agenda: A comparative view of Latin America and Africa." The workshop was in partnership with the Auschwitz Institute, the BMW Group, and the Stanley Foundation. The discussion focused on the role the private sector can play in atrocity prevention and sustaining peace, and contextualized findings from cases of private sector involvement in the Latin American and African regions.
ResCongo held its first annual conference from 27 - 28 September, in collaboration with Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) program at the SSRC, the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Bukavu (ISP-Bukavu) and the Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent University at the Centre Cultural Boboto in Kinshasa. UVC Director Dr. Tatiana Carayannis and Program Manager Aaron Pangburn were invited to attend as members of the advisory committee. ResCongo was created in October 2016, and is coordinated by Professor Jose Bazonzi (UNIKIN) and Professor Godefroid Muzalia Kihangu (ISP-Bukavu).
On 12 September, CPPF organized a one-day, closed-door strategic discussion at the SSRC on Myanmar, in collaboration with the UN Department of Political Affairs. The expert meeting aimed to help brief the incoming Special Envoy on Myanmar of the UN Secretary-General, and was attended by high-level UN actors and experts on and from the region. The discussion focused primarily on the Rohingya crisis, the fragmented peace process, and supporting the country's democratization process. The meeting also touched on possible UN responses and entry points with the Myanmar government and civil society.
CPPF organized a one-day, closed-door meeting on gender and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean at the request of the UN Department of Political Affairs. The meeting brought together academics and practitioners on and from the region, with a diverse group of representatives from the UN, to examine the recent struggles for gender equality in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, and how this impacts political agendas in the region. Although LAC has made significant strides towards the equality of women and LGBT population in recent years, a push by conservative movements across the region by what has been called “anti-rights” groups (echoing a world-wide phenomenon) has placed these issues squarely in the center of public discourse.
The APN, in partnership with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), held a two-day regional Media Training Workshop on the theme: “Improving Media Coverage of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Southern Africa.” The workshop, facilitated by APN Alumnus and NUST lecturer Dr. Admire Mare (IRG 2013), is part of a series of media practitioner training workshops organized by the APN, following earlier ones held in West and East Africa. It brought together journalists, media practitioners, and academics from Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Two additional APN Alumni, Dr. Rose Jaji (IRG 2017) and Dr. Stanley Tsarwe, participated and gave presentations at the workshop, which built on similar workshops organized by the APN in East and West Africa.
On 10 July, CPPF launched the new CPPF report, "Making Prevention Everyone's Business: Lessons Learned from Disaster Risk Reduction, Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Public Health." The event took place at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, and was attended by members of the Swiss Mission, as well as representatives of several New York-based think tanks and members of academia.