UWM hosts Kennan Forum April 24

“Does Peace Pay? Rethinking Security and Prosperity” will be explored at the George F. Kennan Forum on Wednesday, April 24, from 6-8 p.m. at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. Hosted by UWM’s Institute of World Affairs (IWA) and Center for International Education (CIE), the forum is free and open to the public, and features three panelists: More information is at www.iwa.uwm.edu.

In the 21st century, the concept of security has broadened, as has our understanding of the factors that threaten it. From violence and terrorism, to lawless regions, climate change, and economic instability, we live in a world in which military force alone can no longer keep us safe. Does true security rest on the building of more peaceful and prosperous societies? Beyond the absence of violent conflict, what is the strategic, political, economic, and cultural value of peace to the US and the world?

The panelists:

Diana Chigas is co-director of the Reflecting on Peace Practice program at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects in Cambridge, Massachusetts and professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Previously, Chigas worked as a facilitator, trainer and consultant in negotiation, dialogue and conflict resolution at Conflict Management Group, a non-governmental organization founded by Harvard Law School Professor Roger Fisher (and now part of Mercy Corps). Her work has included development of strategies, training and advice on preventive diplomacy in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), “track two” discussions in El Salvador, South Africa, Ecuador and Peru and in the Georgia/South Ossetia peace process, and facilitation of inter-ethnic dialogue in Cyprus. She is the author of “What Difference Has Peacebuilding Made? A Study of Peacebuilding and the March ‘04 Riots in Kosovo,” and numerous other articles. She also contributed to the recent guidelines adopted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee on evaluating peacebuilding interventions.

Maina Kiai is the executive director of InformAction in Kenya and the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. He previously served as chairman of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), where he gained a national reputation for his courageous and effective advocacy against official corruption, in support of political reform, and against impunity following post-election violence in Kenya in 2008. Prior to joining KNCHR, he directed Africa Programs at the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights) and worked as the Africa director for Amnesty International. In addition, Kiai is the founder and former executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, a non-profit organization.

Linton Wells II is the director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at National Defense University (NDU). Prior to coming to NDU he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1991 to 2007, serving last as the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense (Networks and Information Integration). He also served as the acting assistant secretary and chief information officer for nearly two years. Other positions included principal deputy assistant secretary of defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence-C3I) and deputy under secretary of defense (Policy Support) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). In twenty-six years of naval service, Wells served in a variety of surface ships, including command of a destroyer squadron and guided missile destroyer. In addition, he acquired a wide range of experience in operations analysis. Recently he has been focusing on STAR-TIDES, a research project focusing on affordable, sustainable support to stressed populations and public-private interoperability. He has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service three times.

About the Center for International Education and the Institute of World Affairs of World Affairs:

CIE is committed to developing, promoting and sustaining exciting international education initiatives for UWM, Wisconsin and the nation. As a comprehensive international programs office, CIE connects domestic and international students and scholars with on-campus and overseas research and learning opportunities while expanding public access to UWM’s international resources. The Institute of World Affairs is the outreach arm of CIE that serves the public, campus and K-12 audiences providing over 30 programs each year. www.international.uwm.edu




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