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.
On 12 - 13 June 2017, CPPF facilitated an expert brainstorming on the Horn of Africa Region at Greentree Estate in Manhasset, New York. The meeting, held under the Chatham House rule, brought together United Nations policymakers from the Secretariat and the region together with independent experts to discuss evolving regional dynamics and to help the UN think through a regional strategy for the Horn.
CPPF organized a regional dialogue on the English Speaking Caribbean to discuss the challenges facing the region today and brainstorm on ideas for better engagement by the UN system. The meeting brought together the Resident Coordinators from the region as well as colleagues from UNDPA, UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNWOMEN, UNESCO, UNICEF, FAO, and WHO, as well as experts from and on the region.
Measure of America co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps participated in the County of Los Angeles’ 2017 Commissioners’ Leadership Conference, Embracing a Changing Demography as a speaker. Sarah presented the upcoming Portrait of Los Angeles County report to the County’s public policy community. See Sarah's presentation here: https://vimeo.com/219230958.
On May 22, 2017 the Measuring College Learning panel in American Government convened for the first time. The meeting organized eight experts, including faculty from across the nation and representatives of the American Political Science Association, in order to lay the groundwork for establishing a framework of essential concepts, competencies, and potential avenues for an assessment tool.
CPPF organized a two day meeting on Libya to examine the work of the UN in the country and consider the architecture of future engagement. The meeting brought together key stakeholders from the UN system as well as experts on and from Libya.
CPPF consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper examining the challenges facing the second Panglong-21 peace conference to be held in May 2017. The paper examines the views of the different armed groups and stakeholders, the prospects for the peace process to move forward, and the state of ethnic policies in the country today.
On May 11, 2017 the Measuring College Learning panel in Public Speaking convened for the first time. This was the first MCL panel to discuss not just field-, but course-specific learning outcomes and assessment for undergraduates. The meeting organized nine experts, including faculty from across the nation and representatives of the National Communication Association, in order to lay the groundwork for establishing a framework of essential concepts, competencies, and potential avenues for an assessment tool.