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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems
The Office on Genocide Prevention reports directly to the United Nations Secretary-General on situations at risk of developing into genocide, and advocates and mobilizes for appropriate action.  In this closed session, Adama Dieng, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, will offer an assessment of the political and humanitarian situation in the region.  Drawing on the unique perspective of his Office, the Special Adviser will comment on the ongoing work of the Forum on Geopolitics in this region: A Westphalia for the Middle East.
Mr. Adama Dieng, a Senegalese jurist, was appointed as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide on 1 September 2012. Prior to his appointment, he had served since 2001 as Assistant Secretary-General and Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Dieng was the Secretary General of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists for ten years (1990-2000). During his tenure, Mr. Dieng was appointed as the United Nations Independent Expert for Haiti (1995-2000) and was also appointed as the Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to Malawi, in 1993. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well as the draft African Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption. Mr. Dieng is a former Board member of various institutions, including the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, the International Human Rights Institute (Institut Rene Cassin) and the Africa Leadership Forum. Mr. Dieng is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of the Red Cross. In recognition of his contribution to strengthening the rule of law and the fight against impunity, he was appointed an Honorary Chairman of the Washington-based World Justice Project.
Tickets are strictly limited: To apply, please send an email to Dr Thomas Peak at, copying in Ms Karri Aston at  Please include a short bio and a few lines on why you wish to attend this discussion.
Wednesday, 20 November, 2019 - 17:30 to 19:00
Event location: 
Pembroke Old Library, Pembroke College, Cambridge