Ottawa Peace Festival event – “Pursuing an Afghan Peace: Women, Civil Society and Blue Helmets”

The Rideau Institute is pleased to invite you to an event it is hosting along with Afghanistan: Pathways to Peace, as part of the Ottawa Peace Festival.

What: Panel Discussion “Pursuing an Afghan Peace: Women, Civil Society and Blue Helmets”

Who:  Dr. Walter Dorn, Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada
Najia Haneefi, Co-founder of Afghan Women’s Political Participation Committee

When: Monday, September 29, 2014

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: Auditorium of the Ottawa Public Library (Main Branch) at 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa


Dr. Walter Dorn, Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and editor of the new volume Air Power in UN Operations: Wings for Peace, will speak about his new paper, entitled “Peace Talks and a Peacekeeping Force for Afghanistan?”. He will look at how the United Nations might facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan and, in that context, will consider the role that a UN peacekeeping force could play in building a viable and sustainable peace.

Najia Haneefi, Co-founder and Executive Board member of Afghan Women’s Political Participation Committee, will speak about efforts to empower Afghan women to promote and engage in a comprehensive peace process.

A question and answer period will follow the panel discussion.

Introductory remarks:
Gerry Ohlsen, Chair of the International Steering Committee of Afghanistan Pathways to Peace, will provide short comments on the role of Afghanistan Pathways to Peace in promoting civil society participation in, and support for, a comprehensive peace process for Afghanistan.

Peggy Mason is the President of the Rideau Institute. Her career highlights diplomatic and specialist expertise in the field of international peace and security, with a particular emphasis on the United Nations, where she served as Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament from 1989 to 1995.

For more information contact the Rideau Institute at

We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Unable to attend? Follow the action on twitter using #PursueAfghanPeace.

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