From scars of war to diplomatic leadership: a talk with the Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone

The International Leadership Center and the MacMillan Center Council on African Studies will host a conversation with Timothy Musa Kabba who will discuss his personal journey from child soldier to Minister of Foreign Affairs, leading his country’s efforts in the UN Security Council as it navigates global food and energy shocks and regional coups. Also a former Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, he will discuss the role of natural resources in Sierra Leone’s development agenda.

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Global Migration and Youth Leadership in the Pursuit of Freedom

According to the UNHCR, 89.3 million people around the world were forced to flee their homes as a result of persecution, conflict or violence in 2021. That figure reached 103 million in mid-2022. Among them are nearly 27.1 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18. While these young people require support, they are also uniquely capable of effective change and leadership of mobilizing civic engagement in their home communities and in the world. Yet, the odds often seem to be stacked against them. What can be done about this? This panel tries to piece together a framework for the role of youth leadership in systemic…

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Tombs, Ghosts, Djinns, Shadows: The Decade in South Asian Fiction

Join 2022 World Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Random House India Manasi Subramaniam for a lunchtime discussion on South Asian fiction. Open to the Yale community.

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Public Sphere Salon @Yale: Elon Buys Twitter: What’s Next for the World's Town Square?

You are invited to join World Fellows Belabbes Benkredda and Raheel Khursheed for the inaugural Public Sphere Salon @Yale. On Friday, November 11 at 9AM ET, Belabbes and Raheel will host a virtual discussion titled “Elon Buys Twitter: What’s Next for the World’s Town Square?”. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link: https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vzLTpjmZTPKelTtzdoxzBQ The Public Sphere Salon @Yale is a new initiative from Belabbes and Raheel and is supported by the International Leadership Center at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs.

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Voices of New Belarus

The Yale community is invited to hear the 2022 Yale World Fellows read and discuss the documentary play of Belarusian playwright and civil activist Andrei Kureichik. The play features 14 real monologues of Belarusians chosen from more than 700 stories of victims of Lukashenko’s repressive machine. In the play, politicians, journalists, activists, people of all ages and professions share their experience of political repression. This reading is an invitation to a broad discussion about the problem of political prisoners in the world and ways you can help.

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Challenges to "Freedom of Expression" in Developing Countries Under Authoritarian Regimes

Join 2022 World Fellow Fakhar Durrani as he discusses challenges facing journalists in Pakistan. Fakhar is an investigative journalist for The News International, Pakistan’s leading English-language newspaper where he reports in-depth stories often in high-risk situations. This event is part of Saint Anthony Hall’s 2022 lecture series and is open to the Yale and New Haven communities.

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Yale Cyber Leadership Forum | AI Ethics and Safety

The 2022 Yale Cyber Leadership Forum will take place as a series of hybrid in-person and virtual discussions, bringing together an impressive array of attorneys, technologists, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and academics to explore the national security challenges associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning. A collaboration between Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and Yale Law School’s Center for Global Legal Challenges, the Forum is directed by Oona A. Hathaway, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law. This year’s Forum, Bridging the Divide: National Security Implications of Artificial Intelligence, will explore how advances in AI have the potential to dramatically alter the cybersecurity threat landscape. The Forum will…

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Political Competition as a Trigger for Instability in Africa

This webinar will explore how political competition devolve to destabilizing conflicts in Africa and the peculiar elements that make these trend rampant. It will interrogate various conflicts in the region and the nature of interventions that were deployed to address them. It will further explore the relevant steps and reforms needed to prevent these conflicts. It will also rely on firsthand account of mediators and political leaders in the panel to analyze the place of leadership and altruism in ensuring national stability and healthy democratic competition. Speakers: HE Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President Federal Republic of Nigeria (AU Special Envoy to Ethiopia) HE Mme Aminata Touré, Former Prime Minister of Republic…

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Community-Based Conservation in Papua New Guinea: Challenges and Opportunities

Ambroise Brenier, 2020 World Fellow, was the Country Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Papua New Guinea from 2016 to 2021. He will talk about the in’s and out’s of working with government and indigenous communities, from tackling illegal logging, to addressing unsustainable uses of marine and forest resources. Ambroise will discuss the particular challenges the conservation community is facing, and opportunities to increase conservation impact, in this spectacular and unique part of the world.

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Criminalizing a culture and a race — the Uyghurs’ struggle to survive China’s concentration camps and prison state

Since 2016, China has placed millions of Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in the largest system of concentration camps since WWII where torture, slavery, and political indoctrination are the norm. Despite international criticism, the Chinese government has shown little to no sign of slowing down its racist erasure of Uyghur and Turkic identity. China’s repression has already reached North America, including here at Yale. A member of the Yale Community, Rayhan Asat, a World Fellow at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, has lost her brother Ekpar Asat, a prominent Uyghur tech-entrepreneur — to one of these prison camps. The Chinese government is currently subjecting Ekpar to the torture of…

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