The Event Reporting Section of IR Insider publishes articles on the most up-to date political talks, events, and seminars around New York City and NYU. Members of the Event Reporting Section are committed to providing interesting opinions and discussion from IR professionals on political topics worldwide. In addition to covering events hosted by other institutions, our event reporters are the ultimate insiders to the activities of IR Society itself. Our writers Julia Guo, Renee Firth, and Pooja Nayyar produce bi-weekly. Our section editors are Jamin Chen and Coco Wang.
The UN Initiative hosted a discussion with the Honorary Mr. Agustín Santos Maraver, Spain’s Permanent Representative to the UN, on Dec. 6.
UN Globe focuses on gender parity to create environment where queer identities can be discussed
Only 264 of the 3,198 four-year universities and community colleges in the U.S. have LGBTQ centers or services, according to Griffin
Rev. Young said the Episcopal faith allows for non-binary identities in sexuality and gender
Panelists remained optimistic about the future of LGBTQ rights
NYU has cut carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2006 and seeks to be carbon independent by 2040
Environmentally-conscious reforms do not equate to inconvenience
UNEP 2018 Emissions Gap Report notes unsustainable production patterns
UNEP assists developing nations towards sustainability goals
Many students believe new gun reform legislation would be ineffective
Students disagree on the contemporary importance of the Second Amendment
Many students support common sense gun reform
50,309 gun-related incidents have occurred thus far in 2018
Students generally agree that change on some level is necessary
The UN is in need of strong leaders who will protect national sovereignty and human rights
The refugee crisis has led to some nationalist sentiment in Denmark, but the government remains dedicated to fair asylum practices
International agreements do not threaten national sovereignty
Denmark seeks to use fully renewable energy by 2050
Ro described his experience supervising North Koreans laboring overseas for the regime, highlighting the abysmal conditions facing overseas workers.
Ro stressed that human rights in North Korea should be placed on the same pedestal as the denuclearization issue, arguing that the Korean Peninsula will naturally denuclearize when North Koreans enjoy basic human rights.
Calling the ongoing detente between North Korea, South Korea, and the U.S. a “sad show,” Ro said the only way to attain actual peace is by granting foreign visitors in North Korea unrestricted access to the country.
INTERPOL’s mission is to connect police around to world in order to deal with international crime
The Special Representative of INTERPOL to the UN office serves as a liaison position within both organizations and seeks to mediate cooperation between the policing and diplomatic worlds. Much of the office’s work deals with counterterrorism efforts
INTERPOL plays an unbiased role in international negotiations
Michaëlle Jean said international organizations like the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (La Francophonie, OIF) is necessary for the world to combat international crises fearlessly
Hervé Ladsous asserts that French retains its full value in the contemporary world
Bintou Keita strengthens the importance of language diversity, with a fear of limited communication with people who need protection
Narjess Saïdane pointed out that language diversity could be achieved by mobilizing English speakers within the promotion of multilingual environments
Anne-Cécile Roberts suggested that English should not be the only spoken language at occasions
“Being liberal or conservative does not have to draw lines and break friendships, nor do categories of right or wrong fit seamlessly along party lines,” writes Shannon Kandell.
To better understand paradiplomacy, IR INSIDER spoke to Dr. Rodrigo Tavares, who ran the São Paulo State Government’s Office of Foreign Affairs between 2011-2014. Additionally, he worked and consulted with the United Nations, World Economic Forum, and is the CEO of Granito & Partners.
Polyanskiy said Russia has been trying to establish a multipolar world and does not pose a threat to the world, unlike the former Soviet Union
Polyanskiy accused Western countries of relying on faulty evidence to address the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said the US is not genuinely interested in fighting terrorism
Polyanskiy questioned the British government’s methods of investigating the poisoning of Sergei Skripal
In regards to the Ukrainian conflict, Polyanskiy said the Ukrainian government should enter talks with rebels in eastern Ukraine instead of blaming the conflict on Russia
Sufis regard Sufism as the act of surrendering one’s entire being to the ultimate reality
Sufism is inherently Islamic despite being a frequent target of terrorism
Sufism can be viewed as the treasure of human experience that people feel afraid to access
Sufism is the method of actualizing the heart's desire
French rap has become a powerful political weapon
Globalization has complicated the process of assimilation into French society
Racial discrimination in France is difficult to measure due to the lack of questions in French censuses that may be perceived as racially insensitive
Laïcité — the French concept of secularism — became a tool of religious discrimination in spite of its original intention to prevent religious discrimination
Date: March 14, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: International Peace Institute, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
Speaking on the security situation in Nigeria, the ambassador claimed that no place in Nigeria is controlled by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, calling the group’s attacks and kidnappings a “rarity.”
Dermer said Trump’s policy toward Israel is one of the “four greatest decisions” for Israel, with the other three being the Balfour Declaration, the UN’s approval of Israeli statehood, and President Truman’s support for a strong US-Israel relationship.
Date: February 9, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Kimmel Center of University Life, New York, NY
Date: November 17, 2017
Location: Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
Date: February 23, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: 108 West 3rd Street, New York
Date: February 12, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, 19 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10011
Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time: 6:15 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Location: 19 University Place
Date: February 1, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: 535 W 116th Street, New York, NY 10027
Date: January 22, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: 19 University Place, New York, NY
Date: December 11, 2017
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Carnegie Council: Merrill House - 170 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10003
Date: November 29, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m
Location: 19 University Place
Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 16 Washington Mews, New York, New York 10003
Date: November 21, 2017
Location: Conference Room 4 at United Nations Headquarters in New York
Date: November 14, 2017
Time: 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm.
Location: Kimmel Center, Room 406
Date: November 20, 2017.
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Kimmel 908
Date: November 17, 2017
Location: Room 914 Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10003