The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the USIP (United States institute of Peace) titled Irreversible Damage: Civilian Harm in Modern Conflict. Experts shed light on issues such as how civilian harm became a catalyst that escalated civilian casualties. Experts also shared the damage that is done to the family structure when civilians are killed; these civilian can be a husband's or providers of a family and the family is now cut off from being cared for , in turn the family has to now depend on government assistance to survive. The panel also spoke of the various numbers associated with violence in that region. There was a spike in Violence from 2007-2011 with an influx in the use of IEDs. The experts made recommendations that the U.S. Should figure out who are the key players in civil society and the best way of communications between Ngo’s and organizations to reduce casualties. Experts added that this is a strategic matter and not just a moral and humanitarian one.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an interactive conference hosted by Brookings Institute titled What it will take to deliver on the Paris climate agreement. Experts explained briefly the history of the major climate agreement and how it affects us .Experts mentioned in the past many nations united and agreed to work towards making sure the Earth’s temperature did not rise above 2 degrees Celsius; this degree change is usually agreed upon as being the tipping point to preventing massive effects of climate change. Experts noted that with an increase in population in the west should make leaders in the U.K concerned with food security and agriculture as well as energy and transportation. Experts recommended that the action plan for the future should include renewable energy and that much needs to be done on the implementation side. Experts also explained that we all should focus on poverty reduction and shared prosperity. In the future a vast amount of oil companies will move into the energy industry which can cause a competitive playing field in that market.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by The Middle East Institute (MEI) titled, Operation Provide Comfort: Reflections And Lessons For Today. Experts presented the background story and history of the many nations who banded together to protect and deliver a religious minority in the Middle East from total annihilation in 1991. At the time of the turmoil, many fled their homes with as little as the clothing on their back from the threat of war and terror. Experts focused in on the paramountcy of nations coming together at the time of a crisis to produce help, aid, and a safe haven for people in dire need of humanitarian relief on a massive scale. Experts went into detail of the many lessons learned from the project from its defeats and accomplishments that allowed them to ultimately save the religious minority.Read more: Operation Provide Comfort: Reflections And Lessons For Today