Shirazi Foundation attended an interactive conference hosted by the United States Institute of Peace titled Building the Programs That Can Better Build The Peace. The expert panel carefully explored the mythological vigor that takes place in the peace building process. How to comprehensively measure the successes and failures throughout different organizations who participate in peace building, and how do they effectively communicate that message among each other. The panel of experts also briefly put forward many challenges in the area of implementation. The question was asked as to what kind of civic education we in the peace building community are providing and stated that this kind of question plants seeds and can open doors how to measure successes and failures in the near future. Experts communicated that accountability will force organizations to document their actions even when they fail, but that there is not a standard procedure set in place to measure the findings and facts. Every situation in the peace building process is unique between those who are involved and should be viewed on a case by case scenario.
Shirazi Foundation's outreach manager Mr. Ibrahim Jabbar attended a symposium hosted by YPFP and the Elliott School of International Affairs titled The Argument for NextGen Leadership in National Security with Ambassador John Negroponte . The expert’s intentions were to prepare attendees towards an understanding of the national security landscape. Experts stressed that in order to have a healthy national security there must be a healthy national economy in place. The current global alliances with this administration also play a major role in protecting the country from any national crisis. Experts briefly explained how the Security Council and the role that the United Nations play in the national security process. Experts also suggested that an array of issues all affect National security from global cyber security threats, violent conflicts in the Middle East, combating terrorism and rapid climate change.
The Shirazi Foundation attended a participatory symposium hosted by New America titled, After Aleppo: Prospects for Preventing Mass Atrocities in the Trump Administration. Experts elaborated on aspects of the report titled, “A Necessary Good: U.S. Leadership on Preventing Mass Atrocities “. Experts suggested that in terms of atrocity prevention that it is not only a Human Rights issue but rather it is also a national security issue as well. Conflict prevention in many places throughout Africa was used as a model and suggested that prevention and intervention can be a success. Rich Fontaine President of The Center for a New American Security suggested that the voices in the public need to remain loud to articulate that there are things out there to prevent mass atrocities, and this can be done with an acceptable cost. Akshaya Kumar Deputy United Nations Director, Human Rights Watch mentioned that human rights abuse violations are warning signs and that the recommendations in the report and some of the structures that are in place such as the atrocity prevention board can work as mechanisms to flag places at risk for future atrocities by tracking Human Rights violations.