Why Here, Not There? Investigating emerging nonviolent movements
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 6:00pm
Johns Hopkins SAIS Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW 

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The International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI), in collaboration with The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Conflict Management Program, hosted a high-level panel discussion and networking reception on Wednesday, August 17.  The event, “Why Here, Not There? Investigating emerging nonviolent movements,” examined the dynamics that enable nonviolent movements to occur in some regions and not others at specific moments in time.  The event was broadcast live nationwide and on the internet by C-SPAN.

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Each panel discussant gave an overview of his/her region/topic of expertise before the floor was opened up to general Q&A.  The panel and Q&A was roughly 90 minutes long with a networking reception (food, beer, wine) afterwards.  In line with IPSI’s mission of thought leadership on peace and security issues for the next generation of global leaders, the audience consisted mostly of young academics, practitioners, and advocates in the conflict management community. The event was open to the media, and C-SPAN provided national live coverage.

More on the Panelists:

Jack DuVall President and founding Director, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
Jack DuVall is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). He was Executive Producer of the documentary, “A Force More Powerful” (which has been seen in over 80 countries, and translated into more than 10 languages) and was co-author of the book of the same name (St. Martin’s Press 2000).  He has spoken often at universities and policy institutes, including Princeton University, Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, the University of Sydney (Australia), the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Palestine Center, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia.  He has also appeared on the BBC, MSNBC and CBC (Canada), and his articles have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Le Monde, and many other periodicals. Previously he was Vice President of WETA-TV/Washington; Director of Corporate Relations, The University of Chicago; and Director of Industry Compliance, Cost of Living Council (U.S. Economic Stabilization Program). His writing includes speeches for five American presidential candidates.  He holds a B.A. degree (cum laude) from Colgate University and is on the Board of Sponsors, Morehouse College (Atlanta) and is an associate of the Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University (New Zealand).

Dr. Cynthia Irmer Sr. Conflict Prevention Officer, Dept. of State Office for the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization
Dr. Irmer is a conflict specialist and attorney. As a Sr. Conflict Prevention Officer with the US Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, she leads inter-agency teams conducting conflict analyses in pre- and post-conflict countries, collaborates with interagency planning teams to promote prevention and mitigation of conflict and provides training for US Government users of an interagency conflict analysis methodology. She has designed and implemented projects to mitigate conflicts within and among communities, governments, and opposition forces through mediation, facilitated dialogue and other “alternative dispute resolution” techniques in Europe, the US, SE Asia and Africa.

Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli Senior Associate for the Andes, The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
Ms. Sanchez is a leading expert on internally displaced persons, refugees and human rights, and her work has shed light on the situation of Colombia’s more than 4 million internally displaced persons—as well as help expose the links between Colombia’s government and drug-funded paramilitaries.She has worked for greater recognition of Afro-Colombian and indigenous community rights and advocated placing conditions on U.S. assistance to protect these rights. Ms. Sanchez is frequently called upon by universities and other institutions to speak on internally displaced persons and Colombian issues. Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli follows Colombian issues for WOLA.

Dr. William Zartman Professor Emeritus, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Dr. I. William Zartman is the Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution and former Director of the Conflict Management Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Zartman is the former director of the SAIS African Studies Program; a former faculty member at the University of South Carolina and New York University; served as Olin Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Halevy Professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and visiting professor at the American University in Paris; has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State; president of the Tangier American Legation Museum Society; past president of the Middle East Studies Association and [founder] and past president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies; fluent in French; Ph.D., international relations, Yale University.