Event Date: Friday May 12, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Opportunities Lost and Found:
Challenges for Peacebuilding in Myanmar and Zimbabwe

A virtual talk with:

Derek Brown

Derek Brown
Co-director, Peace Appeal Foundation


Friday, May 12, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (US and Canada)
Free and open to the public.

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This session will be recorded. Pending approval, we will post the recorded webinar on this page after the session.


About the talk:

Derek Brown will examine recent tragic developments in Myanmar since the coup of February 1, 2021, and the ongoing efforts to return the country to civilian rule.  The challenges confronting these efforts in Myanmar will be compared to those in other conflicts, such as Zimbabwe, which plans to hold a much contested national election later this year, the second since a coup in 2017.

About the speaker:

Derek Brown is Co-director of the Peace Appeal Foundation. Established in 2001 with the support of five Nobel Peace Laureates, Nelson Mandela, F.W. de Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Esquivel, the Peace Appeal works to catalyze social change processes with local partners to advance just peace.

A strong internationalist with a deep commitment to social justice, Derek’s work with the Peace Appeal has focused on collaborative initiatives aiding national peace and dialogue processes in Southern Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. Since 2017, the Peace Appeal has increased its engagement in the United States, co-initiating and sponsoring several peace education, dialogue and criminal justice reform initiatives.

Previously Derek served as Associate Chair of Ashoka, with which he maintains an ongoing affiliation as a senior adviser. In 2015-2016, Derek was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. He has served on the boards and advisory boards of several organizations, including the Charity and Security Network, the Constellation Project, the Social Entrepreneurship @UVA Initiative, the MBA Nonprofit Connection, New York Live Arts, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

He holds an MBA and Certificate in Public Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA in History from Yale University. An avid hiker, cook and amateur cellist, Derek resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, Deborah Hellman, a professor of law, and their two daughters.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series:

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The seminar considers ways to strengthen the capacity to prevent, resolve, and transform ethnonational conflicts.

 For more information on the Kelman Seminar Series, contact Donna Hicks at dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu.


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