future prospects: ukraine

On Friday, April 22nd, 2022, Kent Program Director Jean-Marie Guéhenno hosted a discussion of postwar Ukraine, Europe, and the future of Russo-Ukrainian relations with panelists Grigory Nemyria, Mariya Zolkina, and Sergei Guriev.

Future Prospects: Ukraine


Grigory Nemyria is First Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament and former Deputy Prime Minster of Ukraine

Mariya Zoklina is a Political Analyst at the Democratic Initiatives Foundation

Sergei Guriev is a Professor of Economics at Sciences Po and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin


the ukraine crisis and the european security architecture

The Ukraine Crisis and the European Security Architecture


On Tuesday, February 22nd -- the eve of the Russian invasion of Ukraine -- the Kent Program hosted a virtual panel on "The Ukraine Crisis and the European Security Architecture" featuring Fyodor Lukyanov, Chairman of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy in Moscow; Stephen Sestanovich, Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Columbia SIPA; Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations; and Samuel Charap, Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. The engaging discussion was moderated by Kent Program Director Jean-Marie Guéhenno.

Lessons from Afghanistan: A Conversation with Lakhdar Brahimi 

Lessons from Afghanistan: A Conversation with Lakhdar Brahimi

Events following the departure of US forces have shocked the world and prompted heated debate about "what went wrong" in Afghanistan. On October 12th, 2021, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan and architect of the Bonn Process Lakhdar Brahimi reflected on decades of engagement with Kabul and drew lessons for the future. 


New Threats, Old Thinking: Is Conflict Resolution Due for a Makeover? A CONVERSATION WITH PETER MAURER

In the midst of a deadly pandemic, climate crisis, and other threats, how do we rethink peacebuilding? On October 1st, 2020 Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), visited SIPA virtually to discuss the future of conflict resolution in a changing global landscape. 

New Threats, Old Thinking: Is Conflict Resolution Due for a Makeover?


SIPA Dean Merit E. Janow delivered opening remarks, as did Muhtar Kent, retired Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who in 2019 helped launch the Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution at SIPA. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director of the Kent Global Leadership Program, joined the ICRC President in the conversation, which focused on how the Red Cross navigates conflict resolution in an increasingly fragmented and polarized world.



The Kent Global Leadership Program's inaugural intensive summer training was held virtually from June 28th to July 2nd, 2021. Twenty-seven diplomats from seventeen permanent missions, foreign ministries, and multilateral organizations participated in sessions featuring expert panels on topics such as the role of the private sector in conflict prevention and the impact of natural resources as both conflict drivers and development assets.

Kent Executive Seminar on Conflict Resolution: A Conversation with Juan Manuel Santos

Two days of the program were dedicated to the study of two recent case studies: the Colombian peace process and resource/land conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The week culminated with a conversation with former President of Colombia and Nobel Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos.

Read the Summer 2021 Training Program Final Report

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Spring 2021 Kent Lecture: “Are We Losing the Battle Against Violence and War?” featuring Jean-Marie Guéhenno  

Are we losing the battle against violence and war? In March 2021, Jean-Marie Guéhenno – then Visiting Professor and now Director – examined this question and explored the increasingly complex challenges posed by contemporary conflict during the spring lecture of the Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution.

Guéhenno spoke of the need to better understand the specific ideas defining our time, rather than relying on terms anchored in the past (such as “post-Cold War” and “post-post-Cold War”). For example, while the benefits of globalization are well known, we must keep in mind that there are political and material risks to global connectivity and interdependence. The pandemic is a clear example, said Guéhenno, as well as the climate crisis — especially as it has already begun to drive mass migration. He concluded by sharing some insights from his experiences as a diplomat, emphasizing the precarity of human communities and the need to support and build communities from the ground up as well as strengthen global norms and institutions.

Are We Losing the Battle Against Violence and War?

Guéhenno’s remarks were followed by a discussion moderated by Jack Snyder, Columbia’s Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations. Snyder echoed the importance of mutual connectivity and vulnerability between nations, and both speakers highlighted the need for the Golden Triangle — government, business, and civil society — to coordinate their efforts in conflict resolution.


Launch Event: Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution

Launch of the Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution and its many facets was the subject of a December 2020 discussion at SIPA that convened global leaders from multiple sectors, including David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee, UN Under Secretary General Rosemary DiCarlo, and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, among others. The conversation marked the ceremonial launch of SIPA’s Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution, announced one year earlier. The late Professor Edward C. Luck, who directed the specialization in International Conflict Resolution, moderated a conversation that provided diverse perspectives on the global landscape of conflict.