First Meeting of Security Council Project Advisory Group Gathers Noted Experts and Practitioners

Members of the advisory group of IPI’s project on Understanding Compliance with UN Security Council Resolutions in Civil Wars convened at IPI’s Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security and Development on May 21, 2009 for a seminar featuring presentations and active discussions on the research question, hypotheses, and methodology of the project as well as on an early draft of a forthcoming report entitled, “The UN Security Council and Civil War: First Insights from a New Dataset.” The meeting benefited from the great wealth of expertise of former diplomats, UN staff and academic experts in the room.

The meeting began with welcoming remarks by Dr. Edward Luck, IPI’s Senior Vice President for Research and Programs. This was followed by presentations from the project’s staff consisting of James Cockayne, Senior Fellow at IPI, Christoph Mikulaschek, Senior Policy Analyst at IPI, and Chris Perry, Policy Analyst at IPI.

This meeting follows an earlier roundtable gathering experts on the UN Security Council from academia, think tanks and the United Nations, as well as presentations of this project at several university seminars, including the International Law and International Relations seminar at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University.

The advisory group of IPI’s project on Understanding Compliance with UN Security Council Resolutions in Civil Wars consists of the following members:

H.E. Mr. Diego Arria – former Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations
Dr. Severine Autesserre – Barnard College
Dr. Antonia Chayes – Tufts University
H.E. Mr. Anwarul Karim Chowdhury – former Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations
Mr. James Cockayne – former IPI staff member, currently Center on Global Counter-terrorism Cooperation
Dr. George Downs – New York University
Dr. Michael Doyle – Columbia University
Mr. Sebastian Einsiedel – former IPI staff member, currently UN Department of Political Affairs
Dr. Virginia Page Fortna – Columbia University
H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Gambari – Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General
Dr. Michael Gilligan – New York University
Ms. Amy Gordon – MacArthur Foundation & IPI Board Member
Mr. Richard Gowan – New York University
H.E. Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno –New York University
Dr. Ian Johnstone – Tufts University
H.E. Mr. Colin Keating – Security Council Report
Dr. Michael Lipson – Concordia University
H.E. Mr. Olara Otunnu – LBL Foundation for Children
Mr. Mark Quarterman – Social Risks LLC
Hon. Iqbal Riza – former Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations Secretary-General
Dr. Bruce Russett – Yale University
Dr. Ghassan Salamé – Columbia University
Dr. Nicholas Sambanis – Yale University
Dr. Holger Schmidt – George Washington University
Dr. Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu – East-West Institute
Dr. Thomas Weiss – City University of New York
Ms. Joanna Weschler – Security Council Report
Dr. Abiodun Williams – US Institute of Peace