Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi is the inaugural fellow in the Einaudi Center’s International Practitioner-in-Residence Program. Ambassador Brahimi has led a distinguished diplomatic career negotiating peace and resolving conflicts between and within nations. He has visited Cornell on various occasions and, whether as Bartels World Affairs Fellow or as A.D. White Professor-at-Large, has provided the university community with significant insights on international affairs. During his current visit from February 28 to April 8, Ambassador Brahimi will engage in a series of programmatic activities.
Activities – Spring 2016
While at Cornell, Ambassador Brahimi will co-teach a course titled, "International Conflict and Conflict Resolution", alongside Professor Muna Ndulo at the Cornell Law School. The course will focus on a limited number of conflicts, in which Ambassador Brahimi had a role in regional or international efforts to resolve or at least manage the problems. He will draw from his personal and professional experience to explore with the students the practitioner’s perspective and share lessons learned.
During the spring break, on March 29, Ambassador Brahimi will lead a one-day visit to the United Nations in New York, with a selected group of students. They will have an opportunity to meet and interact with UN Senior Officials, Diplomats and other officials who specialize in peace and security issues.
Ambassador Brahimi will give the keynote address in a roundtable discussion on “Syria and the Middle East: Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, and Asylum Seekers in Long-Term Global Crises” organized by the Einaudi Center in collaboration with the Law School on March 22. He will also be a guest speaker in the undergraduate course GOVT 3553, “Issues Behind the News: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Current Events”, taught by Professor Chris Way on March 15.
About Ambassador Brahimi
Ambassador Brahimi was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria from 1991 to 1993. After retiring from national service, he started a new carrier with the United Nations and undertook several missions on behalf of the Secretary General including Special Envoy for short missions to Zaire, Burundi, Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen; Special Representive and Head of UNOMSA (United Nations Observer Mission to Soutth Africa); Special Representative for Haiti (1994/1996); Special Envoy to Afghanistan (1997/1999); Special Representative in Afghanistan (2001/2004); and Special Envoy to Iraq (2004). He also served as the United Nations and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria from 2012 to May 2014. He is a member of ‘The Elders’, a group of world leaders working for global peace created at the initiative of Nelson Mandela in 2007. He is also a member of The Global Leadership Forum (GLF) created and chaired by former President of South Africa F.W. DE Kerk. Ambassador Brahimi is the recipient of various awards, including Honoris Causa Doctorat degrees from The American University of Beirut in Lebanon; Oxford University in the UK; The University of Bologna in Italy; The University of Nice in France; the University of Bloemfontein in South Africa; and L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) of Paris.
Media Coverage: Cornell Chronicle