Conflict, Security, and Development Series
Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches, and highlight recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations.
Lionel C. Johnson, President of the Pacific Pension Investment Institute, will speak about the importance of American ‘soft power’, and the imperative of diplomacy and development in the conduct of US foreign policy.
Danielle Celermajer, a Professor at the University of Sydney, will reflect on what we can learn when we combine rigorous empirical and conceptual analyses of existing approaches to preventing torture with systemic and ecological theories of violence, and what the implications of such an analysis are for the development of prevention strategies and the human rights field.
Andreas Harsono, Researcher at Human Rights Watch, will discuss the role of Islam, identity, and populism in the 2019 presidential election season in Indonesia. This discussion will also preview his upcoming book, “Race, Islam, and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia."
This talk will explore an ongoing participatory evaluation project being carried out by the New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) in collaboration with NYU Law’s Global Justice Clinic and Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights.
The collaboration assesses NSC initiatives aimed at building the power and agency of families as they move through the immigration process. NSC stands in solidarity with those facing detention and deportation, who they call “friends” rather than immigrants, and coordinates a network of volunteers who accompany friends to court, provide legal and non-legal advice at a weekly pro-se clinic, and build relationships with NSC friends, seeing up close the violence and injustice of the immigration system.
The Global Justice Clinic and Bernstein Institute collaborate with NSC to evaluate the efficacy of the NSC’s approach, with a goal of producing literature highlighting the impact of legal empowerment methods to addressing justice barriers in the U.S. Immigration system.
Chloe Demrovsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Disaster Recovery Institute International, will discuss how the large-scale consequences of a disaster make cooperation between the public and private sectors imperative to success in building resilient communities.
Climate-related disasters are affecting us with unprecedented frequency and severity. Research from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) shows that climate-related disasters alone have more than doubled since the 1980s. Today, they account for more than 80% of all reported disasters worldwide. Over roughly the same period, the globalization that has allowed for advances in economic development to bring millions out of poverty has also created a nearly worldwide dependency network. A crisis that occurs on one side of the world may directly impact organizations on the other side. This increases the risk profile for all stakeholders and requires greater preparedness across sectors. With critical goals like disaster risk reduction and resilience, establishing a diverse coalition of committed stakeholders with a practical plan of action is essential.