US officials are struggling to respond to the number of displaced people arriving at the southern U.S. border. The challenges at the border are exacerbating perceptions inside the United States of immigrants and immigration as being a threat, which is fueling resentment, animosity, and polarization. According to the Anti-Defamation League, this perception “has galvanized the anti-immigrant movement and made life substantially more difficult for all immigrants and the communities that welcome them”.

This session will explore the complex issue of immigration, starting with what is happening at the border and why, how the issue is being weaponized and turned into a wedge issue that is fueling divisions in the country, and what immigrant rights groups are doing to change the narrative and address these divisions while ensuring that immigrant communities in the United States can live in safety and peace. This event is part of a series of weekly webinars on 'Preventing and Reducing Conflict and Instability in the United States: Shaping What Comes Next' organized by the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the U.S. Peace, Justice, and Democracy Working Group.


  • Saurav Upadhyay (Moderator), Research Manager - Learning & Evaluation, Alliance for Peacebuilding

  • Josh Leach, Public Policy and Communications Strategist for The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 

  • Diego Aranda-Teixeira, Supervising Attorney, Litigation at Al Otro Lado Tijuana

  • Oscar Hernandez Ortiz, Dreamer and Activist. 

Time and date: August 4, 2021 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM EDT. 



Despite civil society calls for more diverse judiciary and increased understanding of prosecuting gender-based crimes, the International Criminal Court remains slow in making meaningful gains in equitable representation and gender justice.

Join the NYC Chapter of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS-NY) for this discussion, featuring international justice experts, about the challenges and recommendations of sustaining and increasing the representation of women of color from diverse geographies within the international justice system.

Time and date: Aug 4, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)



Following the first round of general elections, and three years after the beginning of a hopeful transition to a democratic Ethiopia, the country is at a critical juncture. Civil war in Tigray is expanding as insecurity threatens other parts of the country, ethnic and political polarization is increasing, respect for freedom of expression is decreasing, and opposition party leaders and members remain detained. Within this environment, the Ethiopian government is considering holding a national dialogue and discussions of constitutional arrangements. The government’s actions and positions related to each of these challenges will determine the stability and democratic trajectory of the country for years to come. 

In a panel discussion organized by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), speakers will examine opportunities for dialogue and resolution of political tensions; resolution of conflict; protection of civil and political rights; and democratic reforms. 


William Davison is the Senior Analyst for Ethiopia with the International Crisis Group. He was Bloomberg’s Ethiopia correspondent from 2010 until 2017 and has also published in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, and other international media. In 2018 he founded Ethiopia Insight, from which he is editorially detached.

Befekadu Hailu is an award-winning writer, blogger, and pro-democracy activist in Ethiopia. He is the co-founder and executive director of NED grantee Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD). He was also a co-founder of the Zone 9 Blogging and Activism Collective, a winner of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award in 2015 and four other prestigious awards and recognitions, and worked for different media outlets as an editor and is a weekly opinion columnist for Deutsche Welle (Amharic Service). He received PEN Pinter Prize for International Writer of Courage in 2019 and Burt Award for African Literature in Ethiopia in 2012.

Meskerem Geset is an Ethiopian and international human rights expert, women’s rights advocate, co-founder and board member of Lawyers for Human Rights and TIMRAN, and a former leader of the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association. She was recently appointed to serve as the Commissioner for Women and Children’s Rights on the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and serves as a member of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls. She previously held positions as a High Court Judge in Ethiopia and Deputy Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA). She has received awards from the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and DefendDefenders for her human rights work.

Scott Taylor is a Professor in the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University. In 2020, he was appointed Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in SFS. He is the former Director of Georgetown’s African Studies Program, which he led from 2007-2020. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, he held the Gwendolen M. Carter Lectureship in African Politics at Smith College.

Ambassador Reuben Brigety is the Vice Chancellor and President of the University of the South, Sewanee. He is also an adjunct senior fellow for African peace and security issues at the Council on Foreign Relations.  From 2015 to 2020, he was dean of the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. From 2013-15, Amb. Brigety served as the United States Ambassador to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Prior to these appointments, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs with responsibility for southern Africa and regional security affairs. 

August 5, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM CEST


Organized By : Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

The Dubrovnik Atrocity Prevention School will introduce participants to the foundations and challenges of atrocity prevention and put special emphasis on the implementation of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) principle agreed by all UN member states in 2005. The School includes guest lectures by key experts in the field of atrocity prevention both from the United Nations, regional organisations and civil society in New York, Geneva and the field.

Participants will explore the challenge of assessing the effectiveness of different types of preventions, focusing on preventive diplomacy, field operations, humanitarian action, civil society action, economic inducements and other mean of prevention. During this course, participants will learn different ways of examining and evaluating atrocity prevention, to understand and compare the different actors engaged in this work, to consider the relationship between gender, human rights, and the prevention of atrocity crimes, and to understand, assess and utilise key tools such as preventive diplomacy, peaceful measures, coercive measures, the protection of civilians in complex operations, transitional justice and accountability, and the prevention of recurrence. These insights and skills will be put to the test in a series of exercises.

All participants have to register online at (“Apply”) no later than 15 July 2021


The two-day online symposium is convened by the journal Global Responsibility to Protect, the Centre for Grand Strategy at King’s College London, and the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge.

This symposium will look at the past, present, and future(s) of intervention for humanitarian purposes.  The last two decades have demonstrated the difficulty of military intervention for humanitarian purposes, and the cost in resources and lives lost of often unsuccessful missions.  We will explore forcible and non-forcible intervention, in a broad historical perspective.  In a time of fracturing multilateralism and a complicated legacy of earlier missions, how can a demand for action be matched by political will and military capability? This symposium will bring together scholarship developing a finer grained appreciation of historical approaches to ‘saving strangers’, ask where these stand in the context of R2P, and how the rapidly evolving international order will shape future responses. 

Follow the Centre for Geopolitics to register and find out more!