Sustaining Peace Forum 2018

6th Annual Sustaining Peace Forum
March 29, 2018


Thursday, March 29, 2018

4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
with reception and research gallery to follow

Kellogg Center (15th floor)
School of International and Public Affairs | Columbia University


The United Nations has designated 2018 as the Year of Sustaining Peace. This year’s Sustaining Peace Forum explored the global implications and meanings of such a designation, as well as showcase critical and emerging voices in the international peace arena. We heard from policymakers, academics, United Nations representatives and activists about new research and evidence in the area of sustaining peace, ranging from complexity science to social movements.

The forum began with a writing workshop focused on women, peace and security, led by Aja Monet. Following the workshop, two consecutive panels and then a networking reception with poster presentations by the AC4 Graduate Student Fellows took place.

Photos of the event are available here.

Forum Schedule

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Women, Peace and Security writing workshop with Aja Monet

5:15 – 8:00 PM

Panel 1: The Secretary-General’s Report on Peacebuilding & Sustaining Peace—Challenges to Sustaining Peace in Practice

◆ Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute
◆ Chelsea Payne, UN Peacebuilding Support Office, Policy, Planning & Application
◆ Andrew Tomlinson, Director of the Quaker UN Office
◆ Sapna Chhatpar Considine, UN Advisor for Peace Direct in New York

Panel 2: The Year of Sustainable Peace? New Evidence from Around the Globe

◆ Joshua Fisher, AC4 Director
◆ Poonam Arora, Associate Professor, O’Malley School of Business, Manhattan College 
◆ Beth Fisher-Yoshida, AC4 Co-Executive Director; Academic Director, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program 
◆ Joan Camilo, Project Coordinator, AC4 Youth, Peace and Security Program
◆ Peter T. Coleman, AC4 Co-Executive Director; Director, Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution
◆ Aja Monet, Poet, Educator & Human Rights Advocate
◆Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland, Associate Director, AC4 Women, Peace and Security Program

8:00 – 9:00 PM

AC4 Fellows Research Gallery and Wine & Cheese Networking Reception

Fellows’ bios and project descriptions are available here!

Event Contact Information

Azin Aliabadi at

Conference Co-Sponsors

The conference is organized with support from our partners at the Columbia University Master’s Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the School of Professional Studies, International Center on Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers College, and The Center on Global Economic Governance.

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