Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum
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.
On January 30, 2020, the SSRC convened the second research workshop of its Academic Network on Peace, Security, and the United Nations in New York, an initiative of the Council’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) and its Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC) Program. This workshop, on “Disinformation, Democratic Processes, and Conflict Prevention,” examined the frameworks, findings, and debates in emerging scholarship on information disorder and the linkages between disinformation, elections, hate speech, and identity-based violence. Participants drew on cases in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The workshop also explored the ways in which disinformation affects the UN conflict prevention agenda, and how the UN …
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.
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.
The 2018-2020 cohort of the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) China-Africa Peace Fellowship met for a second time for a research and writing workshop in New York. The first day of the workshop, (18 November 2019) served as an opportunity for Fellows to workshop and refine first drafts of their research papers through a collaborative exchange of ideas with Program Director Tatiana Carayannis, and a small group of invited scholars working on their topics. The SSRC’s China-Africa Peace Fellows received training and research support to travel to five field-work sites (Juba, South Sudan, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monrovia, Liberia, and Johannesburg, …
On June 28, 2019, Understanding Violent Conflict Director Tatiana Carayannis and Program Associate Nisreen Yonis participated in the first of three workshops for the 2018-2020 cohort of China-Africa Peace Fellows. Guided by program staff and hosted by Professor Wang Yi Zhou, the deputy dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University, the Fellows reflected on findings, challenges, and the current status of their fieldwork research and writing.