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Wednesday, May, 05, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Add to Calendar 2021-05-05 09:00:00 2021-05-05 10:15:00 Atrocity Prevention's Continuum: Early Warning to Response Please join us for a provocative discussion as we explore lessons learned in early warning and response systems being used to prevent atrocities in the Central African Republic, Pakistan and West Africa. Online Event MSI dev@insomniacdesign.com America/New_York public

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Atrocity prevention continues to gain prominence in the realms of foreign policy and assistance, and emerging research highlights alarming trends that may indicate increased atrocity risks. However, the broader community of practice is still struggling to prevent atrocities.

 

As policymakers, practitioners, academics, and advocates, we can learn valuable insights and lessons from existing systems in place that provide early warnings of the risks for atrocities and the work being done to mitigate those risks.

 

Please join us for a provocative discussion as we explore lessons learned in early warning and response systems being used to prevent atrocities around the world.

 

Examples will be drawn from efforts to reduce the risk of atrocities in the Central African Republic, Pakistan, and West Africa.

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Speakers
Mollie Zapata
Research Manager
Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Mollie Zapata
Dr. Chukwuemeka B. Eze
Executive Director
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)
Dr. Chukwuemeka B. Eze
Mike Jobbins
Vice President, Global Affairs and Partnerships
Search for Common Ground
Mike Jobbins
Louis Brooke
Executive Director
Zinc Network
Louis Brooke
Paul F. Turner
Technical Director, Peace and Stability
MSI, A Tetra Tech Company
Paul Turner
Speaker Biographies

Mollie Zapata is the Research Manager for the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, where she conducts quantitative and qualitative research, with a primary focus on the Early Warning Project. Mollie leads the Center's work on West Africa, Indonesia, and China.

Dr. Chukwuemeka B. Eze is the Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding. Dr. Eze has over 20 years of experience in peacebuilding, political dialogue, early warning and conflict assessment and intelligence analysis. He designed the early warning system of the government of South Sudan and is the WANEP lead interface in the operationalization of the ECOWAS early warning system (ECOWARN) and AU Peace and Security Architecture. He also led the team that developed the concept of the WANEP National Early Warning System (NEWS).

Between November 2016 and May 2017, he served as Senior Adviser on Mediation and Political Dialogue to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Guinea Bissau. Dr. Eze is pioneer Deputy Registrar and Fellow of the Institute for Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), and Fellow of the Danish Fellowship program in Copenhagen Denmark. He teaches peacebuilding practice at the University of Utah in the U.S., Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre and West Africa Peacebuilding Institute and has several journals, articles and books to his credit. 

Mike Jobbins leads Global Affairs and Partnerships at Search for Common Ground. He joined Search in 2008 and has designed, developed and managed conflict resolution, violence prevention, and inclusive governance programs. Mike leads Search’s advocacy and partnerships with U.S. and European governments, the private sector and NGO partners.

Mike was Senior Program Manager for Search’s Africa Region, where he led the design and development of programs in 22 countries across the continent, including Search’s programs responding to state collapse in South Sudan, violent extremism in the Sahel, the civil conflict in the Central African Republic and the Cote d’Ivoire elections crisis. Before returning to Washington, he was a program manager with Search for Common Ground in the DRC and program officer in its Burundi regional office, where he oversaw the start-up and management of election, security sector, and complex emergencies programs.

Prior to joining Search, Mike supported training with high-level political leaders in the DRC and Burundi and Africa policy research at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Louis Brooke is experienced working across complex strategic communications areas, such as countering disinformation and promoting good governance and countering violent extremism. Louis’ career has spanned a number of key leadership roles and he has managed projects across the world, including East and West Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. Louis has helped to develop and deliver behaviour change programmes in countries afflicted by violence including Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan and Nigeria, Louis regularly lectures at Kings College, London, regarding disinformation and strategic communications, and is on the board of NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Strategic Communications.

Paul Turner serves as Chief of Party of the $95 million USAID/MENA Bureau Governance Integration for Stabilization and Resilience (GISR) project. He has lived and worked in more than 40 countries and designed assessment tools and planning methodologies for conflict, stabilization, extremism, atrocity prevention, and governance. With a background firmly rooted in conflict prevention and governance, he has worked at the nexus of policy, implementation, and the academy for more than 25 years.

Additional Resources on Atrocity Prevention
Field Guide: Helping Prevent Mass Atrocities, U.S. Agency for International Development
 
"Fundamentals of Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention" by Scott Strauss
 
The Future of Mass Atrocities and Atrocity Prevention, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
  • Referenced by Mollie Zapata during the discussion in response to a question about the work that the Museum is doing regarding evolving challenges
 
Early Warning Project Statistical Model, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
  • Referenced by Mollie Zapata during the discussion in response to a question about machine learning
 
The Role of Civilians and Civil Society in Preventing Mass AtrocitiesU.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide
  • Referenced by Mollie Zapata during the discussion regarding the role of civil society
 
Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index
  • An early warning tool that provides a tailored and country-specific assessment of indicators
 
Prevention and Protection Working Group Calls for Robust Funding for Peace in FY2022, Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Referenced by Mike Jobbins during the discussion regarding U.S. government funding levels

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