NYU Wagner Hosts Forum On Role of UN in Conflicts between Nation States and Terrorist Non-State Actors

Increasingly, wars are being waged between states and non-state actors, particularly non-state actors who rely on terrorist acts as a means to further their causes. And while most nations are, understandably, reluctant to engage in a political dialogue with armed non-state groups are, not doing so may result in a protracted and escalating conflict. But there is historical precedent for states to seek diplomatic solutions in disputes with “terrorist” organizations: the French government with the Algerian FLN, the British with the IRA, and even the Spanish government with the ETA.

The question of what, if any, role the United Nations should play in mediating or brokering the settlement of disputes between nations and non-state organizations is a topic that will be addressed at a forum hosted by New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The forum will be held this Thursday, October 20, 2005, from 7pm-9pm, in the school’s second floor conference room at the Puck Building (295 Lafayette Street, at Houston Street).


Dr. Michael Scheuer Former Chief of the bin Laden Unit at the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorist Center and the author, as Anonymous, of Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror

Dr. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou Associate Director, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard University, and the author of Non-Linearity of Engagement: Transnational Armed Groups, International Law, and the Conflict between Al Qaeda and the United States

Ambassador Ahmad Kamal Former Ambassador of Pakistan to the United Nations, President of the Economic and Social Council, and Vice-President of the General Assembly; currently Senior Fellow at the United Nations Institute of Training and Research

Dr. Edward C. Luck Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director, Center on International Organization, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and the author of many articles on the UN and its role regarding terrorism

Allen J. Zerkin, J.D., Adjunct Associate Professor (Moderator) Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Established in 1938, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers advanced programs leading to the professional degrees of Master of Public Administration, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Science in Management, and Doctor of Philosophy. Through these rigorous programs, NYU Wagner educates the future leaders of public, nonprofit, and health institutions as well as private organizations serving the public sector. http://wagner.nyu.edu.

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