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Water Securities and Insecurities

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School at Tufts University (Cabot Intercultural Building)
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

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Intensifying water stress is one of the key trends of the 21st century. As scarcity of fresh water intensifies, there are fears that conflict over water resources will emerge as a threat to world peace. However, leading experts highlight that historically the management of transboundary waters leads to cooperation instead of confrontation, confronting the view of those who have argued that the wars of this century will be over water. Thus the panel will address the following question: will water stress lead to water war?

Panel Speakers:

  • Ken Conca, American University
Dr. Ken Conca’s research and teaching focus on global environmental governance, environmental peacebuilding in war-torn societies, environmental politics and policy in the United Nations system, water governance, and environmental policy analysis. He is the author/editor of several books on international environmental politics, including Governing Water, Confronting Consumption, Environmental Peacemaking, The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance, and the widely used teaching anthology Green Planet Blues. Dr. Conca is a two-time recipient of the International Studies Association’s Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for best book on international environmental affairs and a recipient of the Chadwick Alger Prize for best book in the field of International Organization. He is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Expert Advisory Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding. Dr. Conca received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley; his M.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison; and his Sc.B. from Brown University.
  • Andrea Gerlak, University of Arizona

Andrea K. Gerlak is Director of Academic Development with the International Studies Association and Senior Policy Scholar with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She teaches class on institutions and learning in collaborative governance, and climate change and security.  Her research agenda examines the causes of -- and innovative solutions to -- some of our world’s most pressing water problems.  She pays particular attention to political institutions for governing water resources. A good body of her research examines cooperation and conflict in water governance.  This includes the design elements associated with effective collaborative management in transboundary basins, as well as questions of institutional change and adaptation to climate change in rivers basins around the globe. In addition, she has an emerging research agenda on human rights and equity issues in water governance, including access to clean water and sanitation.  Presently, Dr. Gerlak is co-principal investigator of the project, "Advancing Good Practices in Building Interdisciplinarity: Moving Towards User-Oriented Science," supported by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, to study hydropower development and water governance in South America. She is also a co-principal investigator on a UNESCO-funded initiative to evaluate the World Water Assessment Programme, and part of a collaborative University of Arizona-Columbia University effort to integrate climate information and decision processes for regional climate resilience in the Caribbean, supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Agency for International Development

  • Bruce Lankford, University of East Anglia
Professor Bruce Lankford has over 20 years experience in irrigation and water resources management gained on projects throughout Africa, Asia, Central Asia and UK as a consultant and researcher for the World Bank, DFID, UNDP, British Council and international consulting firms. He has specialized in river basin management, the impact of irrigation development on water resources and hydrological environment, and in the rehabilitation and improvement of irrigation systems via investigations, extension, participatory research, technical soil and crop studies and implementation of improvement programmes. Prof. Lankford also has experience of capacity-building and reviews of water resources policy at local and regional levels and is able to assess training needs, and develop and present water management courses. Irrigation types that have been worked on include surface, sprinkler and drip irrigation under varying modes of farmer and commercial management. He is author of a number of papers, book chapters and reports regarding water resources and irrigation management.
  • Lawrence Susskind, MIT
Professor Susskind is leading figure in the dispute resolution field. He has mediated more than fifty complex disputes related to the siting of controversial facilities and the formulation and implementation of development plans and projects in various parts of the world. Professor Susskind received a Masters of City Planning and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from MIT in 1973 and joined the faculty of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning at that time. His research interests focus on the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, the practice of public engagement in local decision-making, global environmental treaty-making, the resolution of science-intensive policy disputes, renewable energy policy, the land claims of Indigenous Peoples, climate change adaptation and water diplomacy. Professor Susskind is the author or co-author of twenty books including, most recently, the second edition of Environmental Diplomacy (Oxford Press, 2014), Good for You, Great for Me (Public Affairs Press, 2014), Water Diplomacy: A Negotiated Approach to Managing Complex Water Networks (Resources for the Future, 2012), and Multiparty Negotiation (Sage, 2009). Professor Susskind is Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, co-director of the Water Diplomacy Workshop and Director of the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program. He is Founder of the Consensus Building Institute, a Cambridge-based, not-for-profit that provides mediation services around the world. He also was one of the co-founders of the interuniversity Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he now directs the Public Disputes Program and the Negotiation Pedagogy Program.

    Moderated by:

William Moomah, Tufts University

William Moomaw is a former Professor of International Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Through June 2013 he also directed Fletcher's Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, which he founded in 1992. He serves on the Boards of several organizations that work on climate change, conservation, and consensus building. He is a chemist turned policy scientist with a Ph.D. from MIT, whose research focuses on integrating science and technology into international agreements. His scholarly and policy research focuses on mitigation and adaptation to climate change, forestry, nitrogen pollution, and energy and water policy. He has been a lead author on five Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change reports, most recently as a coordinating lead author of the newest report on the role of renewable energy in addressing climate change. He is also a co-author of reports on forest financing, The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and has prepared policy papers for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat. He is currently working on a book on forest diplomacy. He is the Director of Faculty of the International Programme in the Management of Sustainability held annually in The Netherlands, and served on the Integrated Nitrogen Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board.


 Past Events:

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Academic Year 2013-2014 | Academic Year 2012-2013 | Academic Year 2011-2012

Academic Year 2014-2015

Memories of Violence

The inaugural event of the Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide (IMAGe), a new collaborative effort between Fletcher and the broader Tufts community will be held Friday, October 24, 2014.   The first event will feature four professors from across disciplines at both Fletcher and the School of Arts and Sciences, each bringing a different lens to the topic of how we manage memories of violence:
  • Bridget Conley-Zilkic from The Fletcher School and World Peace Foundation will speak to her work on memorial museums including the US Holocaust Memorial Museum where she worked for a decade
  •  Rosalind Shaw from the Anthropology Department will speak to how memory practice has been shaped by the political economy of post-conflict reconstruction in Sierra Leone
  •  Noë Montez from the Department of Drama and Dance will speak to how theater artists are engaging with the transitional justice process in Argentina Kamran Rastegar from the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature will speak to how memories of violence are represented through film and literature with a focus on the Middle East
  • Dyan Mazurana from The Fletcher School and Feinstein International Center (and Co-Chair of IMAGe) will moderate

Friday, October 24th
3:00 - 4:45pm
Cabot Intercultural Building
ASEAN auditorium
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts: Sudan and South Sudan's Bitter and Incomplete Divorce

Why did the world's newest country, South Sudan, sink into a devastating civil war less than three years after independence? How did the secession of its southern region affect the 'rump state', Sudan? In the years after Sudan Book Lecture Panel, Alex de Waal, James Copnall, Ahmed El Mahi and Chol Dengthe split, the two Sudans dealt with crippling economic challenges, struggled with new and old rebellions, and fought each other along their disputed border. A former BBC correspondent for Sudan and South Sudan, Copnall draws a compelling portrait of two misunderstood countries. The critically acclaimed A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts argues that Sudan and South Sudan remain deeply interdependent, despite their separation. It also diagnoses the political failings that threaten the future of both countries, and scrutinizes the international responses to the crises in the two Sudans. The author puts the turmoil of the years after separation into a broader context, reflecting the voices, hopes and experiences of Sudanese and South Sudanese from all walks of life.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Book Signing 6:00pm
Lecture 6:30-8:00pm
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Cabot Intercultural Building, Room C205
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, Massachusetts, 02155

Towards a Strategy for Preventing Mass Atrocities

Dr. Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Research Director World Peace Foundation
Monday, September 29, 2014
Centennial Hall, Alumni Center, Keene State College
229 Main Street, Keene New Hampshire, 03435


Academic Year 2013-2014

Global Arms Business Researchers Round-table
May, 8, 2014    4:00p.m.-5:30p.m.
Cabot Intercultural Center, 7th floor
170 Packard Ave.,
Medford, MA, 02155

World Peace Foundation invites Fletcher & Tufts students, faculty and staff to join us for a round-table discussion with leading researchers on the global arms business. Please RSVP to Light refreshments will be served.

Participants include:

Andrew Feinstein is author of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade and co-founder of Corruption Watch-UK. A South African writer and campaigner based in the UK, he was elected an ANC Member of Parliament in 1994. He served as an MP for more than seven years, resigning in protest when the Public Accounts Committee was prohibited from investigating a massive arms deal involving several European companies that was tainted by allegations of high-level corruption.

Paul Holden is a South African-born and London-based historian, researcher, writer and activist. Two of his books The Arms Deal in Your Pocket (2008) and Who Rules South Africa (2012); were major national best-sellers in South Africa. His major investigative work is The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything (2011), which collated the result of years of detailed investigation into South Africa's biggest post-apartheid scandal. He works with Andrew Feinstein at Corruption Watch-UK.

Leah Wawro is Civil Society Lead with Transparency International-UK's Defence and Security Programme, Leah currently works on liaison between the Defence and Security Programme and Transparency International's National Chapters and local civil society organisations. She is also part of the team working on an index to measure levels of integrity in government defence and security establishments worldwide.

J. Paul Dunne is Professor of Economics at the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, a research associate of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, and Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of the West of England Bristol. He is editor, with Jurgen Brauer of the Economics of Peace and Security Journal and chair of Economists for Peace and Security (UK) and a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (USA). He has published widely on the economics of military spending.

William Hartung is author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex (Nation Books, 2011) and the co-editor, with Miriam Pemberton, of Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War (Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include And Weapons for All (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations. His articles on security issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and the World Policy Journal.

Sam Perlo-Freeman is Director of the SIPRI Programme on Military Expenditure and Arms Production. He is responsible for monitoring data on military expenditure worldwide. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England, working in the field of defense and peace economics.


Youth, Conflict & Governance in Africa

Friday, February 28, 2014
10 Sachem St., Rm. 105
Dept. of Anthropology at Yale University
New Haven, CT

This workshop is convened to assess how young people are currently changing the nature of governance in Africa. Youth are capitalizing on new mechanisms for interaction: the deregulation of internet, phone, global television, and social media communication has profoundly altered the political terrain. This is especially true in conflict settings, where youth can drive overt political violence. To break new ground, the workshop will integrate analysis across anthropology, media studies and communication, politics and economics, fields that have been working largely in parallel rather than in collaboration. 

Co-organized by Catherine Panter-Brick (Yale University) and Alex de Waal (WPF). Keynote addresses by Alcinda Honwana (African Open University) and Philip Thigo (Social Development Network. Discussants are Merlyn Lim (Arizona State University) and Brian Barber (Center for the Study of Youth in Political Conflict).


Unlearning Violence: Evidence and Policies for Early Childhood Development and Peace

February 13-14, 2014
ASEAN Auditorium
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

This conference will be an exciting and inter-disciplinary event, showcasing the best ongoing research in fields related to early childhood development and violence and peace. Further, presenters will chart directions for future research and policy.

Detailed agenda, how to RSVP, and additional conference details available here.

It Began in Boston: Celebrating a Century of Peace Work in Massachusetts

Monday, January 13, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Edwin Ginn Library
The Fletcher School at Tufts University

When Edwin Ginn died on January 21, 1914, his bequest of a million dollars to the World Peace Foundation created an enduring contribution to peace. Ginn, like ourselves today, had the honor of working and living in a community rich with individuals and organizations dedicated to world peace. This event celebrates that community and its shared goal, and launches the WPF’s program of centennial events looking forward to the next hundred years of working for world peace.

James Shannon, Trustee of the World Peace Foundation. Comments available here.

Laura Roskos, President, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section. Comments available here.

J. Bryan Hehir, Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Clan Cleansing in Somalia

Thursday, September 26, 2013
5:30 p.m. EST
Mugar 200

In 1991, political and military leaders in Somalia, wishing to gain exclusive state control, manipulated clan sentiment to mobilize their followers in a campaign of terror which expelled a vast number of Somalis from Mogadishu, south-central, and southern Somalia. Join us as Lidwien Kapteijns discusses her book that analyzes this campaign of clan cleansing in the context the collapse of the Somalia's government and how it relates to the militia warfare that followed in its wake. 

Academic Year 2012-2013

Advocacy In Conflict: Do international public advocacy campaigns make an impact?

Thursday, February 28, 2013
12:30 p.m. EST
Cabot, 7th Floor

A panel discussion moderated by Alex de Waal featuring:

Rony Brauman, former President of Doctors Without Borders, current Director of Research at the Doctors Without Borders Foundation, and Associate Professor at Sciences Po.

Laura Seay, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Morehouse College, expert on African politics, conflict resolution, and state reconstruction, and author of the Texas in Africa blog.

Amanda Taub, Adjunct Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Fordham University, co-author of the Wronging Rights blog, and editor of Beyond Kony2012. 


Can Social Media Bridge Divides Between Diverse Muslim and Western Communities?

Monday, January 14, 2013
@WorldPeaceFdtn, #tweetingforpeace
6:45 p.m. EST

WPF’s first twitter event.

Social media is today a critical platform where global youth communicate and express their political interests. But can these new technologies also play a role in bridging divides between communities? Posing this question in the crucial context of relations between diverse Muslim and Western communities, the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School welcomed guests speakers:

Farah Anwar Pandith (@Farah_Pandith), U.S. special representative to Muslim communities
Riyaad Minty (@Riy), head of social media at Al Jazeera (@AJArabic & @AJEnglish)

Join the conversation on January 14th at 6:45 p.m. EST on Twitter: #tweetingforpeace, @WorldPeaceFdtn, and @FletcherSchool.

More than 1.4 billion people are using social media worldwide. More than half of the world’s population is under 30 years old, with 62 percent of the Muslim population under 30. This young generation is one of the largest and most active age groups on social media, but it remains a question whether the media can overcome significant differences in language, politics, and assumptions to become a tool to support peaceful communication across social divides.

In her position as the first U.S. special representative to Muslim communities, Pandith, a Fletcher graduate (F95), focuses on youth and civil society, and on building and increasing the capacity for young Muslims to engage in positive ways, including through social media. Al Jazeera’s Minty ensures the network is part of the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Most recently, his work has focused on the use of citizen media for crisis reporting. He is adept at discussing the role of new media and the challenges and opportunities that come with the technology.


Roundtable on the Crisis in Mali

November 15, 2012
Cabot 7th Floor
12:30pm EST

Area experts discuss the evolving crisis in Mali. The panel was moderated by WPF Executive Director Alex de Waal and included:

Jeremy Swift, author and scholar of nomadic pastoralists in and around the world’s great deserts, focusing on the pastoral Tuareg in Mali. Read Jeremy Swift's blog post about Mali.

Roland Marchal, senior research fellow at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, with extensive publications on conflicts in the Greater Horn of Africa (from Chad to Somalia) and the policy of international actors on the continent;

Jeremy Keenan, social anthropologist and professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, focusing on the Sahara, North Africa and the Sahel region.


Libya Today

November 15, 2012
Barnum 104
6:00 p.m. EST

Area experts provided up to date analysis of conditions in Libya today. The event was moderated by Hugh Roberts, Professor of History at Tufts University, formerly the North Africa Director for the International Crisis Group. Panelists were:

Faraj Najem, a widely respected Libyan author, lecturer, historian, political commentator and advisor on Libyan matters, and a leading member of the Libyan diaspora in the UK;

Dirk J. Vandewalle, an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, and a leading expert on Libya.


Wandering Jews: American Jews, Human Rights, and Humanitarianism
Sponsored by the Tufts Seminar Series: "Exploring the History of Humanitarianism and Development"
November 14, 2012
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall
5:00 p.m. EST

Michael Barnett, Professor International Affairs and Political Science at George Washington University, and author of Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism delivered remarks and a response was given by Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation. 


The New Peace: A Presentation by Mary Kaldor

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Global Leadership

October 30, 2012
Cabot ASEAN Auditorium
5:00 p.m. EST

Mary Kaldor discussed the third edition of her landmark work on New and Old Wars. Kaldor's work on new wars, first published in 1999, crystallized thinking about the changing nature of war in the globalized post-Cold War era, in particular focusing on the proliferation of non-state actors and the systematic targeting of civilians, the importance of identity politics, and the inter-relationship between private and often criminal interests and political conflict. As this book enters its third edition, Kaldor has further developed her thinking, updating her material to include Iraq and Afghanistan, responding to some critiques and providing a richer conceptual and evidence-based backdrop to explain “new wars.”

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. 


Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State

The Fletcher School
September 25, 2012
Cabot 206
5:00 p.m. EST

Mary Harper, author of Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State, discussed how this "failed state" is far from being a failed society, as alternative forms of business, justice, and local politics still flourish. Arguing that there is a lot to be learned from the Somali way of doing things, Harper's examination of Somalia sheds light on why international engagement has had limited impact. Copies of the book were available for purchase.

Mary Harper is the Africa Editor at the BBC World Service. She has reported on Africa for the past twenty years, and has a special interest in Somalia.


You Define the Issues: The Student Seminar Competition The Fletcher School
September 18, 2012
Cabot 206
5:30 p.m.

The WPF invited all Fletcher students to participate in the student seminar competition, where you define the issues and we cover the expenses for a two-day seminar with leading global experts on the topic of your choice. This event shared more about the competition and gave insights from the students who won the first competition with the seminar, "Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking: Re-Framing the Debate." WPF staff were also available to answer questions regarding the competition. 

Academic Year 2011-2012

Conflict in the 21st Century

Institute for Global Leadership
Tufts University
February 22 - 26, 2012

WPF's Alex de Waal was among the speakers in the the 27th Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium sponsored by the Institute for Global Leadership. For more information, visit their website.

Inauguration of the African Union Human Rights Memorial

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
January 28, 2012

The African Union headquarters inaugurated a new human rights memorial dedicated to the memory of the victims of Alem Bekagn central prison, creating permanent memorials to the Rwanda Genocide, Apartheid and slavery. The inaugural event commemorated those who perished during the Red Terror campaign and victims of other human rights violations. For more background information, see Alex de Waal's article on Alem Bekagn


A Celebration of 101 Years of Working for Peace

By invitation only
January 17, 2012

The January 17 reception marked the official launch of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School.


How Mass Atrocities End

November 17, 2011
Cabot Intercultural Center, Room 205
6 p.m. EST

There is perhaps no other phase of mass atrocities that is less studied yet more debated than endings.  An ideal ending dominates policy and activists' imaginations – victims saved, perpetrators defeated, and some form of transitional justice accomplished.

But this rarely occurs. Actual endings are little researched, yet provide a rich field of study and valuable arena for policy development. Scholars and policymakers have developed tools for defining when a genocide is happening – but not for when it is over. For example, can we say that the mass atrocities in Darfur have finished or not?


Alex de Waal, Director of the World Peace Foundation

Jens Meierhenrich, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science 

Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Research Director, World Peace Foundation