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Date and Location

November 15, 2019
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Ofr-401 Francine L. Gender Equity Seminar Room



The Harvard Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs PIC welcomes Ms. Suki Nagra (Senior Peace and Development Advisor at the United Nations in Yemen) in an exclusive study group to discuss her work in the field. This study group is intended to give students an overview of the UN Special Investigation / Fact-Finding Mission on the violations perpetrated by ISIL in Iraq as well as the current humanitarian, human rights and political situation in Yemen.

Study Group’s Guiding Questions1. What is a UN fact-finding mission and how is it conducted?2. What were the key findings and implications of the fact-finding mission in Iraq?3. In your view, how are the key human rights challenges in Iraq linked to achieving sustainable peace in Iraq?4. What are the greatest challenges in achieving peace and security in Yemen today?5. What are the main humanitarian, human rights and political challenges faced by Yemen today? TIME: November 15th, 2019 - 9:00-10:15am ETLOCATION: HKS - Ofer Building Room 401GUEST OF HONOR: Ms. Suki Nagra (over videoconference)Suki Nagra is currently based in Yemen working on the UN’s largest emergency operation in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. As the Head of the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office in southern Yemen, she is responsible for convening and coordinating collective UN efforts in recovery, stabilisation, sustainable development and support for the peace process. And in her capacity as a Senior Peace and Development Adviser, she also identifies entry points for conflict prevention and recommends strategic engagement to promote peace and advance sustainable development. Suki has 20 years’ experience working in some of the UN’s most complex operations, including in Syria, where she led UNICEF’s protection pillar and advised on humanitarian policy and advocacy; and leadership roles focused on advancing human rights and the rule of law in Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Previously, she also led a UN human rights mission tasked with investigating widespread violence and allegations of grave human rights violations in Rakhine State, Myanmar. She also worked for over five years with Amnesty International, leading research and advocacy initiatives in East Asia. Her expertise includes humanitarian action, peacebuilding and human rights – including the protection of civilians in armed conflict, child protection, and the promotion of women's rights and their empowerment. Suki holds an undergraduate degree in Law and International Relations, a master’s degree in International Security Studies as well as an LL.M in International Human Rights Law.PLEASE NOTE THAT READINGS WILL BE SENT OUT ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE.

Speakers and Presenters

​Suki Nagra (Senior Peace & Development Advisor at the United Nations in Yemen)