Interventions: A Life in War and Peace |

Interventions: A Life in War and Peace

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Synopsis:

Mr. Annan will speak about his new book "interventions", and provide insight into many of the international issues and crises that he dealt with as UN Secretary General, and before as head of Peacekeeping.

"Interventions" tells the story of Mr. Annan's forty years of service at the United Nations. With eloquence and unprecedented candour, Mr. Annan shares his unique perspective on leading the United Nations during one of the most consequential eras in recent history. "Interventions" chronicles the highs and lows of his years at the United Nations: from shuttle-diplomacy during crises such as Kosovo, Lebanon and Isreal-Palestine, to the disastrous and wrenching battles over the Iraq War and the creation of the landmark "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine. Mr. Annan writes about the organisation's ongoing challenges and failed efforts - the tragedies of Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia, continuing violence in the Middle East, the endurance of AIDS and endemic poverty on his home continent.

During his lecture, as discussed in the book, Mr. Annan will explore the United Nation's missed opportunities, and reveal how, time and again, the nations of the world have retreated from the UN's founding purpose. He will also highlight the organisation's many successes, and make a passionate case for a United Nations that serves the interests of individuals around the globe rather than of its member states, and that intervenes, rather than stands by, in the face of humanitarian crises. "Interventions" powerfully conveys Mr. Annan's firm belief in the power of individual action, underscoring that solutions to global challenges are available, if we have the will and courage to see them through.

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Speaker(s):

Mr. Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General, United Nations

Date:
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Time:
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Venue:

Auditorium,
Level 3, Block B,
Faculty of Law,
NUS Bukit Timah Campus
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776

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