Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.
Organized By : Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
Join us for a discussion with experts on the plight of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq who have been targeted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State and are now displaced, not knowing when—or if—they will be able to return home. The discussion will take place on the opening night of FotoWeek DC (November 9–12), for which the Museum will project onto its exterior walls photographs from a recent trip to Iraq.
Speakers include Naomi Kikoler, deputy director of the Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, who recently returned from northern Iraq;Dakhil Shammo, a Yezidi human rights activist from the region; and Knox Thames, special advisor for religious minorities in the Near East and South and Central Asia at the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom.
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Newark, New Jersey, USA
By the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University
The aim of the symposium is to create a unique space for scholars and practitioners to share knowledge, gain insights and develop ideas concerning the recovery of, and relationships between, perpetrators, victims, bystanders, and rescuers in post-war/genocide settings worldwide. Such exchange of ideas, experience, and research will enable participants to engage in more nuanced understandings of the complexity of these relationships, particularly in the context of everyday lives in periods of peace. This think-tank styled symposium is a prologue to a larger conference event in October 2016 which will provide the basis for an edited book publication.
The symposium themes of empathy, coexistence, imagination, and resilience offer new approaches to understanding the complexities of recovery from mass violence and the promotion of a culture of peace, and enhancement of local peace practices. Moreover, the symposium offers an opportunity for reflection on the current tragic events in countries, such as Syria, Iraq, and Nigeria, based upon insights from previous genocides and wars. Contributors are encouraged to use the symposium image of a ruptured mirror to approach these issues. Themes that may develop from this include fragments, reflections, picking up the pieces, through the looking glass, unity, transcendence, and vision.
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Organized By : International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect
By the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
ICRtoP and the Asia-Pacific Centre will be holding three civil society workshops in the Southeast Asian region. They will convene civil society representatives from Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, and Malaysia in order to: 1) deepen support of and commitment to atrocities prevention in Southeast Asia; and 2) strengthen early warning and response capacities at the domestic and regional levels to prevent and respond to atrocities.
While great strides have been made over the past ten years since the adoption of the Responsibility to Protect, much work remains before the principle is put into practice, including in the Southeast Asian region where past atrocities and ongoing internal conflicts continue to challenge the protection of vulnerable populations.
Participants will receive training on the UN Framework of Analysis on Atrocity Crimes and work towards the creation of “draft national action plans” for civil society to pursue on atrocity prevention.
The first workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4-6 November 2015; the second in Jakarta, Indonesia on 9-11 November 2015; and the third in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7-9 December 2015. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organized By : Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
By the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
Presented by Dr Milla Vaha, University of Turku, Finland
In international relations, it is widely recognized that the international order is shaped and organized by Western states and their ideologies. Liberal international political theory permits – and even requires – a distinction to be made between different kinds of states, based on their domestic political structure and ideology. In liberal thought, it could be argued that the liberal democratic form of the state is posited as a universally rational form of political organization. Therefore, this implies that all non-liberal states are by definition, irrational, coercive of their citizens and, respectively, illegitimate. This leads to the differential treatment of states according to their domestic characteristics and special standings in world politics, a position that Gerry Simpson has called ’liberal anti-pluralism.
This presentation will critically examine the acclaimed Kantian heritage of these ‘liberal’ arguments by relying on Kant’s political philosophy that many consider as the ground for liberal international political theory. By doing so, it makes evident that the conclusions liberal exclusionists draw on the supremacy of liberal world order is contradictory to Kant’s ideals of the League of States but, more profoundly, fundamentally illiberal in relation to the key features of liberalism itself. There is an inherent contradiction in liberal thought, between toleration and respect, and autonomy and recognition of the state’s moral agency. This presentation will conclude that in order to be ‘liberal’ in the Kantian sense, liberal exclusionary practices have a need to be carefully re-examined and a discussion on the feasibility of punitive interventions as coercive means by which the Liberal Club may try to enforce the non-liberals to act and behave in a certain manner.
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Organized By : Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
Today, fears that were familiar in Hitler’s time are being revived, asserts Yale professor Timothy Snyder. Join us for a discussion of his new book, Black Earth, which offers a provocative new perspective on the origins of the Holocaust. Snyder’s analysis urges us to learn the lessons of the past—and better understand our own nature—before it’s too late.
Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University.
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