Announcements

In a new LISD commentary, "Did Karzai Really Accuse the United States of Collusion with the Taliban?" Sarwar Sultani analyzes poor-quality reporting as a result of cultural and linguistic differences and its impact not only on public perceptions but also on government policies.

In a new LISD commentary, "Supporting the UN Security Council in Applying Its Thematic Agendas to Its Country-Specific Work," Swen Dornig discusses challenges and options for better mainstreaming of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) agendas into the country-specific work of the United Nations.

A new report from the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, "Children and Armed Conflict: How to Deal with Persistent Perpetrators?" addresses the role of the United Nations in protecting children in areas of armed conflict and in holding accountable persistent perpetrators of violations against the rights of children in conflict areas.

During a February 2013 visit to the United States, Fawzia Koofi, Member of Parliament in Afghanistan and the Vice President of the National Assembly, was hosted at Princeton University by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. An outspoken supporter of access to education and women’s rights in Afghanistan, Koofi has announced her intention to run as a presidential candidate in the 2014 Afghanistan elections.

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination sponsored a panel discussion, "Protecting the Rights of Children Affected by Armed Conflict: The Role of the UN and NGOs," on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. Panel participants included Alec Wargo, Program Officer for the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict; Jo Becker, Advocacy Director for the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch; and Eva Smets, Director of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict.

In two new LISD commentaries, "USA-Iran: Did Khamenei Say 'No' to Direct Talks?" and "To Be or Not to Be: Fact and Fiction in the Nuclear Fatwa Debate," Walter Posch and Ali Ansari address recent debates about Iran's nuclear program. 

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination co-sponsored a lecture and discussion, “The Arab Spring and Women’s Rights,” on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the United Nations in New York City. The featured speaker was The Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University, who discussed ways in which the extraordinary political events in the Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region have opened new opportunities related to women’s human rights and women’s participation in political processes, but have also created new challenges and threats. 

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations and the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression, has published a handbook on the ratification and implementation of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

A new Financial Times editorial by LISD Director, Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and co-authored by Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, "Syria's Agony Can End After All Parties Talk," (FT.com registration required) discusses the role of the US, Russia, Iran, and China, as well as regional powers, in ending the war in Syria. The editorial outlines three critical steps necessary for ending the war.

The Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations (PORDIR) has selected sixteen 2012-13 Fellows in Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations through a competitive application process. The fellows are: Usaama al-Azami, Saud Al-Thani, Hagar Barak, Stephanie Char, Maria-Magdalena Fuchs, Lelabari Giwa-Ojuri, Launa Greer, Eric Hagstrom, Katie Manbachi, Edgar Melgar, Nadirah Mansour, Sarah Ray, Adriana Rexon, David Weil, Allegra Wiprud, and Mengyi Xu.

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