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UN Peacebuilding (2009)


(from left to right) Richard Konteh, Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Sierra Leone speaks with Ambassador Antoine Baza of the Republic of Burundi and Sally Fegan-Wyles, Director of the UN Development Group Office (UNDGO) during the recent UN peacebuilding meeting at Princeton.

The Bobst Center, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson School, has also become a base for cooperation with the UN on peacebuilding.   In January of 2009, the Center hosted a meeting to discuss the future design of UN peacebuilding activities.  UN officials, ambassadors, ministers, and scholars assembled at Princeton to help prepare a report for the approval of the UN Secretary-General.  The meeting launched this new area of emphasis within the Bobst Center’s program.  See press reports on this meeting and other related activities at Princeton.


Ethnic Identity and Ethnic Conflict (2009)

Identity politics remains important in most parts of the world.  Discrimination on the basis of ethnicity and inequality among cultural communities remains a powerful source of grievance.  Many governments and international organizations wrestle with the philosophical and political difficulties associated with accommodating “people’s rights” within philosophies and frameworks usually focused on individuals.

The Princeton Politics Department is home to many scholars with central interests in the politics of ethnicity, race, and nationalism, including Mark Beissinger, Chuck Beitz, Rafaela Dancygier, Paul Frymer, Marty Gilens, Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Evan Lieberman, Tali Mendelberg, Alan Patten, and Deborah Yashar.  Under the direction of this faculty group, the Bobst Center sponsors a research workshop, a program of small field research grants, and an annual symposium. 

The Spring 2009 Identity Politics Working Group seminar schedule:

February 23, 2009 - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Roger Petersen, MIT:  "The Role of Emotions in Ethnic Conflicts" - Marx Hall 101

April 13, 2009 - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Evan Lieberman and Prerna Singh: "Construting an Institutionalized Ethnicity Index" - Marx Hall 101

April 27, 2009 - 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Rafaela Dancgiyer: "Mobilizing against Citizenship:  Voter and Party Responses to the Naturalization of Immigrants" - Marx Hall 101

May 8 & 9, 2009 - Workshop to be held at Princeton University titled "Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Identity in the 2008 U.S. Election".  We will hold intensive discussion sessions on works in progress by approximately a half dozen scholars who work in this area, including Ismael White, Corrine McConaghay, Nick Valentino, Dara Strolovich, Zoltan Hajnal, and possibly Donald Kinder, Nancy Burns, and Taeku Lee. The sessions are collaborative and are intended to provide in-depth feedback at an early phase of the research.  Please check back for additional information.