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Building a Secure World for the Future
Allan Goodman, Mary Kaldor,Sir Vincent Fean, Samu Seitsalo, Gianni Rufini

  • Saturday 18 June 2016, 6.00PM to 7:30pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Ron Cooke Hub, University of York (map|getting to campus)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

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The refugee crisis and the mass movement of people has highlighted a series of security questions such as people smuggling, radicalisation and terrorist action. What kind of international collaboration is necessary to secure global security?

Rear Admiral Chris Parry, former Director General, Developments, Concepts and Doctrine for the Ministry of Defence, will present the keynote address. This will be followed by a panel discussion. Speakers include:

  • Allan Goodman, Institute of International Education
  • Mary Kaldor, London School of Economics
  • Sir Vincent Fean, Former Consul-General, Jerusalem
  • Samu Seitsalo, Centre for International Mobility, Finland
  • Gianni Rufini of Amnesty International Italy (Chair)

About the speakers

Rear Admiral Chris Parry is the former Director General, Developments, Concepts and Doctrine for the Ministry of Defence. A successful strategic forecaster, broadcaster and best-selling author, he previously spent 36 years in the Royal Navy as an aviator and warfare officer.  He commanded the destroyer HMS Gloucester, the Amphibious Assault Ship HMS Fearless, the UK's Amphibious Task Group and the Maritime Warfare Centre.  He also had five Joint appointments with responsibility for operational and developmental issues relating to all three Services.

Nowadays, he runs his own strategic forecasting company, advising governments, leading commercial companies and banks about strategic issues, high-level leadership and systemic risk.  A regular broadcaster and commentator in UK national newspapers and magazines, he is an active author, most recently the best-selling Down South: A Falklands War Diary, published in February 2012 and Sea Power in the 21st Century, published in May 2014.

Dr Allan Goodman is the sixth President of the Institute of International Education (IEE), the leading not-for-profit organisation in the field of international educational exchange and development training. IIE conducts research on international academic mobility and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State, as well as over 200 other corporate, government and privately-sponsored programs. Since its founding in 1919, the Institute has also rescued scholars threatened by war, terrorism, and repression. Rescued scholars and other alumni of Institute-administered programs have won 68 Nobel Prizes.

Previously, Allan was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of books on international affairs published by Harvard, Princeton and Yale University presses. He served as Presidential Briefing Coordinator for the Director of Central Intelligence in the Carter Administration. Subsequently, he was the first American professor to lecture at the Foreign Affairs College of Beijing, helped create the first USA academic exchange program with the Moscow Diplomatic Academy for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and developed the diplomatic training program of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam.

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. She is the author of many books, including The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the Changing Rules of War and Peace, New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era and Global Civil Society: An Answer to War. Mary was a founding member of the European Nuclear Disarmament and of the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly. She is also convenor of the Human Security Study Group. Her research interests are in: European security; global civil society; new wars; the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan and Transcaucasus; human security; and subterranean politics in Europe.

Sir Vincent Fean spent 38 years in the British Diplomatic Service, latterly as Ambassador to Libya (2006-10) and Consul-General, Jerusalem (2010-14). He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1975 and was British High Commissioner to Malta from 2002 to 2006. Now retired from the Diplomatic Service, he focuses on the Middle East and North Africa region, particularly the Israel/Palestine conflict and Libya's future. He is a trustee of Medical Aid for Palestinians and patron of the Britain Palestine Friendship and Twinning Network.

Samu Seitsalo is Director General of the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), Finland. A government organisation, CIMO promotes international cooperation and mobility with specific emphasis on education, training, working life, culture and young people. CIMO provides expertise and services to a wide array of clients and stakeholders at home and abroad. Established in 1991, it is an independent agency under the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The core funding for CIMO’s work comes from Finnish government budget. However, about 70 per cent of the annual expenditure is drawn from external sources, including the European Commission, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and the tenderer, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Gianni Rufini is Director General of Amnesty International Italy. A former Director of VOICE, the network of 100 European NGOs working in Emergency and Humanitarian Aid (1997-2001), Gianni has also worked as a Subject Matter Expert for the NATO Joint Warfare Centre (2007-13) and is a Senior Trainer for the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism (2005-present). He has been a Research Director with the think-tank CeSPI and is on its steering committee.

Gianni is a member of the steering committee of Oxfam Italy and of the advisory board of ActionAid International Italy, and Chairman of the Ethic Committee for the humanitarian network Agire. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security (JCTS - UK). Since 1985 he has worked in development and humanitarian aid for several International NGOs (Relief International US, Movimondo, Handicap International France, ActionAid, Intersos, NCCI Iraq, UPP, ReC and others) and UN agencies (FAO, UNICEF and UNDP). Since 1996, he has been Associate Fellow of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, at the University of York.


Books will be available to buy from the Waterstones' stall at this event.

Supported by The Morrell Centre for Toleration which is generously funded by the C and J B Morrell Trust



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