Preventing Small Fires from Becoming Large Fires: The Art and Science of Preventive Diplomacy


Location: Keough School of Global Affairs, Washington DC Office, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 120, Washington DC, 20036

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Preventing violent conflict is an issue of great concern for the United Nations, the World Bank, and other international and domestic actors. Yet insufficient attention has been given to the lessons that can be learned from successful and failed cases of diplomatic action taken to prevent conflicts from becoming violent.  

Join us for a half-day seminar exploring the art and science of preventive diplomacy at this symposium for practitioners and scholars. This event is co-sponsored by the Mediation Program of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the United States Institute of Peace. 



8:30-9:00 a.m.     Registration

9:00-9:40 a.m.     Opening Session

Featured speaker:

  • Denise Natali, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations

9:40-11:10 a.m.    Panel 1: Mapping the Field of Preventive Diplomacy

Featured speakers:

  • Barbara Bodine, Director and Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University
  • Rebecca Brubaker, Senior Policy Adviser, Centre for Policy Research, United Nations University
  • Corinne Graff, Senior Policy Scholar for Conflict Prevention, United States Institute of Peace, and staff member of the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States
  • Laurie Nathan, Mediation Program Director, Kroc Institute

11:10-11:30 a.m.     Break

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.     Panel 2: Regional Case of Preventive Diplomacy

Featured speakers:

  • Jonas Claes, Senior Program Officer, Global Practice and Innovation, United States Institute of Peace
  • Adam Day, Head of Programmes, Centre for Policy Research, United Nations University
  • João Honwana, Former Director of Africa Division, UN Department of Political Affairs
  • Marcie Merksy, Standby Team of Experts, UN Mediation Support Unit

1:00-2:00 p.m.     Lunch

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Click this link to RSVP now