The Stakes of Peace & War: Diplomacy, Anthropology, Climate and Conflict


The Kuwait Program at Sciences Po is a partnership between the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and Sciences Po. Working together, the two institutions are supporting a range of initiatives in the fields of research, teaching and academic events, with special emphasis on the study of the MENA and Gulf Region.

This 2020 Sciences Po and KFAS conference will create a forum on how to generate solidarity for peace in an uncertain world by discussing the stakes of diplomacy, anthropology, climate and conflict in war.

March 4th – 7:30 pm-9:15 pm – Opening Ceremony

In partnership with Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA)

« A Human Rights Based Approach to Conflict: Focusing on Gender and Public Health »

(Sciences Po, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75007 Paris)

Welcome Remarks by Frédéric Mion, President, Sciences Po

Welcome Remarks by Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General, KFAS

Chair: Jeremy Perelman, Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Programs, Sciences Po Law School.

  • Sima Samar, Afghan President Special Envoy, State Minister for Human Rights and International Relations, Afghanistan; former Deputy Chairperson of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan; former Minister of Women’s Affairs, Afghanistan; former Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC); former United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Sudan (2005-2009); Founder of Shuhada
  • Rony Brauman, Former President of MSF 1982-1994, Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester.


March 5th – Panel Sessions

(Hôtel de l’Industrie, 4 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris)

10:15 am-12:15 pm: Panel 1 – « Diplomacy and War »

Chair: Vanessa Scherrer, Vice President for International Affairs, Sciences Po

  • H.E. Mansour Al-Otaibi, Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations
  • Staffan de Mistura, former United Nations Special Envoy for Syria ; PSIA Faculty Member, Sciences Po
  • Peter Herrly, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired); former Chief of Doctrine, U.S. Joint Staff; former U.S. Defense Attaché, France ; PSIA Faculty Member, Sciences Po
  • Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, Director of the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), French Ministry of Defence; PSIA Faculty Member, Sciences Po.

2:45 pm-4:45 pm: Panel 2 – « Investigating narratives of anthropology & war »

Chair: Deborah Wheeler, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, United States Naval Academy; Kuwait Program Visiting Professor, PSIA, Sciences Po

  • R. Brian Ferguson, Professor, Division of Global Affairs, Sociology and Anthropology, Rutgers University
  • Hazem Kandil, Reader in Political Sociology, Fellow of St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge
  • Bette Dam, Journalist; Author of “A Man and a Motorcycle, How Hamid Karzai Came to Power”; Sciences Po PSIA Faculty Member

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Panel 3 – « Climate change and conflict »

Chair: Enrico Letta, Dean of Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA); former Prime Minister of Italy.

  • Rami Zurayk, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut
  • François Gemenne, CNRS Senior Research Associate; Director, The Hugo Observatory, University of Liege, Belgium; Co-Director, Observatory on Climate and Defense, DGRIS, Ministry of Armed Forces, France
  • Carola Kloeck, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po.


Du mercredi 4 mars 2020 19h30
Au jeudi 5 mars 2020 19h30
Sciences Po / Hôtel de l'Industrie Paris, France
Organisé parSciences Po

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