In collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, the Office of Executive and Professional Education at GU-Q will launch a series of Diplomatic Education Workshops during the 2020-2021 academic year. The series will feature Senior, Distinguished Resident and Non-Resident Fellows at ISD, as well as other experts, all who have policy and regional expertise relevant to officials representing Qatar, and other countries in the region.

Each workshop will be conducted as an online webinar via Zoom, and will run for 75 minutes. This will allow time for a presentation, followed by discussion. There will be a limited number of participants per session in order to keep the sessions interactive, and to give every participant a chance to contribute to the discussion.

All workshops will be run under Chatham House rules, and conducted in English.


Fragile states and post conflict

The World Bank lists 39 "fragile and conflict-affected situations" involving countries that are affected by violent conflict or have high levels of institutional and social fragility. Ms. Uzra Zeya is a former senior US diplomat who currently leads a network of over 120 organizations working in 153 countries to end conflict through peaceful means. In this third workshop, she will discuss strategies to build peace.

Workshop Details:

Title: Fragile States and Post Conflict

Date: Tuesday October 27, 2020

Time: 4.00 pm - 5.15 pm (GMT+3)

Format: Online via Zoom

Limited seating available; registration will be confirmed on a first-come-first-serve basis


Ms. Uzra Zeya serves on the Board of Advisors at ISD, and is also the CEO and President of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, where she draws on over two decades of diplomatic experience in Near East, South Asian, European, human rights, and multilateral affairs. As Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Paris from 2014 to 2017, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of Embassy Paris, six constituent posts, and 50 offices and agencies engaged in U.S. government work.

Ms. Zeya served previously as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, from 2012 to 2014. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1990, Ms. Zeya served in New Delhi, Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston. As Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State from 2011 to 2012, she helped shape the U.S. response to the Arab Spring and deepened U.S. engagement with emerging powers. She also served as Deputy Executive Secretary to the Secretary of State, as Director of the Executive Secretariat Staff, and as UN General Assembly Coordinator. She is the recipient of the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest civilian honor, and 15 Superior Honor and Senior Performance Awards. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, she speaks French, Arabic, and Spanish.




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