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Public Lecture - Conflict and peace in 2019

When Jan 23, 2019
from 05:15 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College
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This is the launch event in a series which examines the major challenges and possible policy options for humanitarian intervention and conflict prevention.

In this first event two leading practitioners – Sir Stephen O’Brien and Hamish de Bretton Gordon will explore the ongoing conflicts and protracted humanitarian crises in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan among others and peace building efforts across the Globe. Various academic commentators say the World has never been more peaceful. However, a glance at any newspaper, TV station or United Nations report would suggest otherwise. Millions of civilians have been killed or displaced from their homes by conflicts and forced into poverty and refugee status.

Can we identify conflicts before they occur? What are the key drivers of conflict? Are our current international institutions and International Humanitarian Law out-of-date and how can multi-lateral humanitarian intervention be improved? There are new actors on the international humanitarian and development arena such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China. How can European / US leaders work with these new actors to bring about sustainable peace and effective development. These are some of the issues that will be discussed by these leading decisions makers and practitioners.

The event is chaired by Dr Devon Curtis – a leading academic in peace, security and development studies at the University of Cambridge.

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