Knowledge for Prevention (K4P) Symposium

Dallaire Institute


We are pleased to share that our second annual Knowledge for Prevention (K4P) online symposium will launch next week. Please join us on Monday, September 28, from 9 till 11 am (EST) for a high-level speaker series with:

  • Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director, Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace & Security
  • Honourable Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defence
  • Steve Killelea, Founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace
  • LGen (ret’d) Roméo Dallaire, Founder of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace & Security
  • Virginia Gamba, United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
  • Masai Ujiri, Founder of Giants of Africa and President of the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club
  • Myrah Oloo, Youth Leader and Giants of Africa Alumni

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An exciting aspect of this year’s symposium will be the inclusion on each of our panels of young leaders from around the globe affecting change in their communities. From Somalia and Northern Ireland, to Cameroon, Kenya and South Sudan, we can’t wait for you to meet these incredible individuals. As we will learn next week, the value of the role and insights of young people cannot be understated in creating lasting conditions for sustainable peace.   

A list of panels has been included below. Please note that all sessions will take place daily from 9 till 11 am (EST). 

  • Children, Peace & Security: Understanding Children's Roles within the Global Peace and Security Agenda (Tuesday, September 29)
  • Women, Peace & Security: Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Wednesday, September 30)
  • The Dynamics of Recruitment Prevention (Thursday, October 1)
  • From Early Warning to Early Action: Rethinking Global Child Protection and Recruitment Prevention (Friday, October 2)

Click here to view the full list of speakers and schedule of events

Click here to register for one or more of the online panels

Thank you for your continued support and engagement during these unprecedented and challenging times. We are thinking of you and sending you our best wishes. Now more than ever, our collective efforts to prioritize the rights of children affected by armed conflict are essential. 

      - The Dallaire Institute Team 

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International Society of Military Sciences

Norwich University 26th Annual Miltary Writers' Symposium, 7-8 October

Travis Morris

This is a great opportunity for free international engagement, open to scholars and students alike in a rigorous scholarly and professional setting. (ISMS Secretary)

Norwich University hosts the 26th Annual Military Writers’ Symposium Oct. 7 – 8. The symposium, which will address “Weaponizing Water: Ancient Tactic, New Implications” is free and open to the public and will be held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium, the only program of its kind at an American university, convenes authors and experts in military history, intelligence and current affairs to offer important perspectives on pressing global concerns.

Weaponizing water is a critical topic that all leaders and engaged citizens understand. Water and warfare share a long history, and today’s implications are equally strategic and tactical. From the power struggle in the Arctic, to the war over water in the Middle East to conflicts in Africa from depleted water resources, the intersection of the environment and security will shape the 21st century. 

Norwich aims to be a thought leader in this domain.

Norwich University’s Environmental Security Initiative, a joint endeavor by the Peace and War Center and the Center for Global Resilience and Security, examines the nexus between environmental issues that intertwine with security concerns through research, internships, experimental learning opportunities and programming.

Symposium Highlights include: a presentation at noon Oct. 7 by Colby Award Winner Adam Higginbotham for his book, “Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster.”

Norwich University presents the Colby Award, now in its 21st year, annually to a first solo work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.

Higginbotham’s narrative nonfiction and feature writing has appeared in magazines including GQ, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. Many of his stories have been optioned for development for film and television. “Midnight in Chernobyl” (Simon & Schuster, 2019) was named one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of the Year and won the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.

Another symposium highlight is a presentation by the 2020 Schultz Fellow Nicole Navarro ’21 who will present her research “How the People’s Republic of China is Weaponizing Water Ports to Control Business, Politics, Perspective and Trade in Tanzania” at 6 p.m. Oct. 7.

Please preregister for the Wednesday sessions here:

Also, please tune into the panel discussion on at noon Oct. 8. Find the full schedule here.

Other honored guest presenters include globally recognized engineer and author Nadhir Al-Ansari; author and journalist Randy Brown; leading environmental security expert Sherri Goodman; leading global security expert, thought leader David Kilcullen and executive, entrepreneur and leader William Lyons ’90.