Brazil

'I Have to Do It’: Vital Voices Awardees Buck Threats, Futility

“Every time I walk out of my house, I never think that I can return,” said the petite activist whose diminutive frame belied the threats she’s faced down as a land-rights campaigner in Cambodia. “But I have to do it.”

Tep Vanny has been confronting authorities in her home country for years on behalf of 1,000 families who stood their ground with her when thousands were told the state had seized their land along Boeung Kak Lake in the capital Phnom Penh, and turned it over to a Chinese developer for a shopping mall.

Breaking Barriers

Thu, 04/04/2013 - 09:00
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 11:00
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A Conversation with Women Leaders Advancing Political, Social, and Economic Change
Public Event

The U.S. Institute of Peace, in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Bernstein Family Foundation, convened a panel discussion with women leaders from Brazil, Cambodia, and Palestine on April 4 at USIP. These 2013 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award honorees offered unique perspectives on working with government and civil society, and on the importance of an enabling environment that supports their work.

Whether fighting to secure land rights in Cambodia, safeguarding human rights in Brazil, or advancing economic development in Palestine, the 2013 honorees of the annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards share the common drive to affect change within their communities. This conversation reflected these women leaders’ unique perspectives on working with government and civil society, the importance of an enabling environment that supports their work, and the various ways the international community can lend its support.

9:00 am | Coffee and Tea

9:30 am | Welcome

  • Alyse Nelson, President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

9:45 am | Panel

  • Sandra Gomes Melo | Human Rights Award Winner, BRAZIL
  • Tep Vanny | Leadership in Public Life Award Winner, CAMBODIA
  • Manal Yaish Zraiq | Economic Empowerment Award Winner, PALESTINE
  • Kathleen Kuehnast | Center for Gender & Peacebuilding, USIP (moderator)

11:00 am | End

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Truth Commission Digital Collection

The United States Institute of Peace’s Truth Commissions Digital Collection is part of the Margarita S. Studemeister Digital Library in International Conflict Management.  The collection contains profiles of truth commissions and substantive bodies of inquiry from nations worldwide - offering general background information on the composition of each body, links to the official legislative texts establishing such commissions, and each commission's final reports and findings.

The United States Institute of Peace’s Truth Commissions Digital Collection is part of the Margarita S. Studemeister Digital Library in International Conflict Management

The collection contains profiles of truth commissions and substantive bodies of inquiry from nations worldwide - offering general background information on the composition of each body, links to the official legislative texts establishing such commissions, and each commission's final reports and findings.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:14
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USIP Prevention Newsletter - January 2012

The January 2012 Prevention Newsletter features a spotlight on U.S.-Iran relations: Iran seems to be on a collision course with the international community. The U.S. and its allies have to find a way to respond effectively to Iran, without feeding the very forces seeking conflict with the West.

In this Issue

  • SPOTLIGHT on U.S.-Iran relations: Iran seems to be on a collision course with the international community. The U.S. and its allies have to find a way to respond effectively to Iran, without feeding the very forces seeking conflict with the West.   
  • HIGHLIGHTS:
    • U.S.-Pakistan Relations
    • North Africa and the Arab Spring
    • Arab-Israeli Conflict 
    • The Political Transition in North Korea 
    • The Responsibility to Protect
    • The Power Transitions in Yemen  
Tue, 01/03/2012 - 09:00
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On the Issues: Iran and P5+1 Talks

USIP expert Dan Brumberg previews the upcoming talks with Iran and provides background on the current situation.

January 18, 2011

USIP expert Dan Brumberg previews the upcoming P5 +1 talks with Iran and provides background on the current situation.

Dan Brumberg
Tue, 01/18/2011 - 12:23
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Peace Media Clearinghouse

The Peace Media Clearinghouse provides a central site where educators, students, organizations, and the community of practitioners working in the conflict management field can access multimedia materials that support conflict analysis and prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

The Peace Media Clearinghouse provides a central site where educators, students, organizations, and the community of practitioners working in the conflict management field can access multimedia materials that support conflict analysis and prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

Fri, 01/08/2010 - 11:17
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Framing the State in Times of Transition

Analyzing nineteen cases, Framing the State in Times of Transition offers the first in-depth, practical perspective on the implications of constitution-making procedure, and explores emerging international legal norms.

Laurel E. Miller, with Louis Aucoin

"Constitution-making in a post-conflict country is fraught with many risks and traps: how can we avoid or find creative solutions to them? In this useful book, scholars and practitioners reflect on the experience of two decades. Most importantly, Framing the State in Times of Transition: Case Studies in Constitution Making demonstrates the critical importance of the process itself in producing a constitution that provides a solid foundation for peace--a lesson anyone interested in technical assistance and peacekeeping should remember." 

Thu, 04/15/2010 - 12:32

State and Soldier in Latin America: Redefining the Military's Role in Argentia, Brazil, and Chile

Peaceworks No. 10

Recent years have given rise to an intense debate about appropriate roles for Latin America's armed forces: Should they remain the guardians of political stability, or should they restrict themselves mainly to external defense?

Recent years have given rise to an intense debate about appropriate roles for Latin America's armed forces: Should they remain the guardians of political stability, or should they restrict themselves mainly to external defense? The two major challenges for the region's civilian leaders are to carve out missions for their militaries appropriate to both the security environment of the post–Cold War era and to civil-military relations in a democracy, and to provide ways militaries will effectively adopt these missions.

Wendy Hunter
Tue, 10/01/1996 - 09:00
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What Role for the U.N. in Haiti?

Wed, 10/14/2009 - 09:30
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 11:30
Public Event

On October 13, the mandate for United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was renewed. A panel of experts discussed the U.N.'s future in Haiti and the continuing need for peacekeeping forces.

United States Institute of Peace
1200 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036


 

Please contact Liz Panarelli at LPanarelli@usip.org if you have questions about this event.

Event Summary

Comments from this meeting were incorporated into a USIPeace Briefing "What Role for the United Nations in Haiti?" by Robert Maguire.

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April 16, 2013

"Every time I walk out of my house, I never think that I can return," said the petite activist whose diminutive frame belied the threats she's faced down as a land-rights campaigner in Cambodia. She joins a Palestinian businesswoman and a Brazilian police chief to discuss what drives them to push for change in their societies

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The United States Institute of Peace’s Truth Commissions Digital Collection is part of the Margarita S. Studemeister Digital Library in International Conflict Management.  The collection contains profiles of truth commissions and substantive bodies of inquiry from nations worldwide - offering general background information on the composition of each body, links to the official legislative texts establishing such commissions, and each commission's final reports and findings.
The January 2012 Prevention Newsletter features a spotlight on U.S.-Iran relations: Iran seems to be on a collision course with the international community. The U.S. and its allies have to find a way to respond effectively to Iran, without feeding the very forces seeking conflict with the West.