SECURING THE FUTURE: LESSONS FROM HISTORY #1

Peace is the mission

19 March 2019 - 09:00 - 10:00
Rory Keane, Linda Melvern, Alice Musabende, Jamie Shea
Introduction

In an era where our security environment seems increasingly and ever-more rapidly subject to complex, global and interconnected challenges, it is important to regularly ‘go back to basics’: take a step back and understand history’s profound effects on our world, allowing us to better prepare for the future. Friends of Europe will look back at previous efforts in history to make peace and the lessons we can draw from those experiences to solve today’s conflicts. 

This event ‘Peace is the mission’, will explore two different UN peace missions focusing on their different challenges, successes and failures in order to draw conclusions and lessons for today’s transnational and multi-faceted conflicts.

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The global security landscape is in flux. From increased tensions between NATO and Russia and ongoing difficult Brexit negotiations to China’s more assertive global stand under the consolidated leadership of President Xi Jinping, new challenges are continuously putting into question global security frameworks and approaches.

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08.30-09.00

Registration & coffee 

09.00-10.00

In our series of ‘Lessons from History’ we take a step back and understand history’s profound effects on our world, allowing us to better prepare for the future. Our first event in the series ‘Peace is the mission’ will explore lessons from two UN peace missions: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). One mission regarded as an international failure to respond to people in need, whereas in the other all mission objectives were met. We will examine the different outcomes of these two peace missions to find applicable lessons for today’s transnational and multi-faceted conflicts. 

  • What can the UN do to bring conflicts to an end and ensure a stable post-conflict process? What are the exit strategies? What is it lacking?
  • How have UNSC resolutions, such as 1325 on Women, Peace and Security helped evolve peacebuilding? 
  • What role should the UN Security Council and UN Peacebuilding Commission play in setting new norms for effective and successful peace processes?

Speakers include
Rory Keane, 
Head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels (UNLOPS)
Linda Melvern, Investigative Journalist and former consultant to the “Military One” trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
Alice Musabende, Gates Scholar in Politics & International Studies at Cambridge University, former Canadian journalist and survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide

Moderated by
Jamie Shea, Senior fellow at Friends of Europe and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO 

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Speakers
Rory Keane
Head of the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels (UNLOPS)
Rory Keane heads the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels (UNLOPS), which represents the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations, Political Affairs and Field Support in building partnerships with the EU, NATO and other organisations. He has worked for the previous United Nations Special Envoy for the Sahel Region, Romano Prodi, and served as the security sector advisor to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Liberia. Prior to that, Keane was Team Leader of the OECD International Network on Conflict and Fragility, the European Commission desk officer for the DRC and Great Lakes and as the OSCE Spokesperson in the former Yugoslavia.
Linda Melvern
Investigative Journalist and former consultant to the “Military One” trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
Linda Melvern is a widely published British investigative journalist, former member of the London Sunday Times Insight Team and a former consultant to the “Military One” trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Melvern has researched and written about the 1994 genocide since it began. She published the earliest account of the international failure to intervene, exposed Security Council secret debates and is the first journalist to describe the abandonment of Lt. General Roméo Dallaire. She is currently writing, Intent to Deceive, a companion volume to A People Betrayed, The Role of the West in Rwanda’s Genocide, and Conspiracy to Murder, The Rwandan Genocide.
Alice Musabende
Gates Scholar in Politics & International Studies at Cambridge University, former Canadian journalist and survivor of the 1994 Rwanda genocide
Alice Musabende is a Gates Scholar at Cambridge University, focusing her research on the normative dynamics of peacebuilding in post-conflict countries in the Great Lakes of Africa. Born and raised in Rwanda and a survivor of the 1994 genocide, Musabende has spoken and written extensively about that historic tragedy. As a journalist, she has covered and commented on international justice, war crimes, Canada’s foreign policies in Africa, women in post-conflict settings and peacebuilding. Her work has been published in The Globe and Mail, Vice News, CBC Radio, and elsewhere.
Jamie Shea
Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Division at NATO and Trustee of Friends of Europe
Retiring from NATO in September 2018 after 38 years at the organisation, Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s spokesperson, he was the face of the Alliance during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the Director of Policy Planning in the private office of former Secretary General Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.
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