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Dr. Jim Waller and UN Ambassador for Ireland Lead Peacekeeping Talk

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Kelly Ricaurte | Communications Director
Dr. Waller in class
Dr. Waller teaching class prior to the pandemic

Keene State professor and international thought leader on peacekeeping and genocide prevention, Dr. Jim Waller, will join Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in a conversation on the importance of peacekeeping on May 29. The discussion challenges other countries to rethink their roles in peacekeeping, as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity continue to escalate. Attendees for the peacekeeping discussion are from the Irish government and UN peacekeeping forces.

The discussion will consider questions such as: What does peacekeeping and collective responsibility mean? Have peacekeeping efforts learned from past mistakes? What type of training is needed to make peacekeeping more successful?

Keene State’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, in partnership with the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (AIPG), connects Keene State students with summer internships with the Institute’s New York City office. Students also learn from the expertise that is brought back from these high-level meetings and shared in classroom discussions.

“The work we do at Keene State College in our unique Holocaust and Genocide Studies academic program is recognized nationally and globally as an important complement to peacekeeping efforts,” said Dr. Waller, who has led training in genocide prevention and peacekeeping for government officials, presidents, and enforcement agencies from around the world.

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