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Desperate Powers: International Relations in the Era of Citizen-Power

Georgetown University MA Program in Conflict Resolution

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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Join Georgetown University's MA Program in Conflict Resolution as we welcome Shamil Idriss, CEO of Search for Common Ground, a non-governmental organization devoted to conflict prevention and conflict resolution.

This talk will examine the shifting dynamics of governments and corporations looking to civil society for better answers to modern-day challenges; the distorting effects of the "countering violent extremism" pre-occupation of policy-makers at home and abroad; and the principles of effective citizen-led peace-building

SHAMIL IDRISS is the President of Search for Common Ground, a global conflict transformation organization with offices in 35 countries.  He was previously appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations.  Upon departing his staff position there in 2008, Idriss retained the role of Senior Advisor to the UN, facilitating dialogue between religious and political leaders from the Arab region, Europe, and the United States before, during, and after the revolutions known as the “Arab Spring”.  Mr. Idriss has also served as Senior Advisor at the World Economic Forum and member of the Steering Committee of the Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders.

As CEO of Soliya from 2008-2014, Idriss led an effort involving public and private sector leaders to establish the field of virtual exchange which gained substantial traction with the establishment of the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative announced by President Obama in February 2015.  Mr. Idriss is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and recipient of the Open Society Foundation’s New Executive Award in 2015.

RSVP Essential by Monday, October 19, 2015 - a light lunch will be available

Have questions about Desperate Powers: International Relations in the Era of Citizen-Power? Contact Georgetown University MA Program in Conflict Resolution

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McGhee Library (ICC 301)- Georgetown University
37th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)


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The MA Program in Conflict Resolution is offered through the Department of Government at Georgetown University. For more information, visit our website. 

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