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Sheehan Delivers Keynote Address at Paris Think Tank

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Cercle Grand Paris de l’Investissement Durable / Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development | Paris, France |27 JUN 2017 | Conference Programme

On June 27, 2017, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – delivered an invited keynote address at the 6th Annual Meeting of Cercle Grand Paris de l’Investissement Durable / Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development, an independent Paris-based think-tank. The international meeting – held at Deloitte headquarters in France  was sponsored by Deloitte Consulting LLP and Suez and attended by academics, civic leaders, NGO’s, business leaders, and elected officials. Dr. Sheehan’s address was profiled in Le Journal Du Grand Paris.

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In advance of the annual forum, Dr. Sheehan co-authored an article in Citiscope with colleagues from Paris and Morocco titled Why the World Needs a Metropolitan Compact: A New Vision for the Future of Sustainability.

A generation ago, the United Nations launched the Global Compact, an effort to connect sustainability with private-sector entrepreneurism. Today, it is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, involving more than 12,000 signatories from over 160 countries.

The creation of the Global Compact was a landmark event in that it signalled the international community’s recognition of the need for a broad-based, multi-stakeholder approach to sustainability. Using that idea, we are now calling for new global recognition of one of the most powerful trends shaping worldwide systems today: metropolitanization. We call this new vision the Metropolitan Compact.

Learn more about Dr. Sheehan’s grant-funded work  including a two-year long initiative the resulted in the publication of an 84 page technical report  on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. For research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him at @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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Sheehan Moderates National Geographic TV Film Premiere on ISIS in Washington, D.C.

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FILM PREMIERE | Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria & the Rise of ISIS | National Geographic Channel

On June 6, 2017, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – served as the Moderator for the National Geographic Channel premiere of Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria & the Rise of ISIS in Washington, D.C. The documentary – by Academy-Award nominated filmmaker and New York Times #1 best-selling author Sebastian Junger and Emmy award winner Nick Quested – traces the origins of the Syrian crisis and the rise of Islamic State.

Learn more http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/hell-on-earth/

Time Magazine notes that the film “traces how the bloody crackdown on youth dissent in March 2011 metastasized into the intractable conflict that today has left an estimated 500,000 dead and millions uprooted.”

“Syria became a civil war in response to the violence of the government; eventually Iran got involved through Hezbollah to support the Assad regime. The Kurds got involved. Turkey got involved. The Arab Gulf states got involved. Eventually all the world powers and all the regional powers had some investment in the war in Syria and in many cases were actively involved in the fighting.” 

Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria & the Rise of ISIS – which featured at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has been screened to wide acclaim by critics and audiences around the world – debuts on National Geographic Channel on Sunday, 11 June at 9 PM EST.

About the Film Co-Directors:

Sebastian Junger is an Academy-Award nominated filmmaker and New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of books including War and Tribe. As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award. Nick Quested is executive director and owner of Goldcrest Films, one of the world’s premiere documentary brands. He has earned two Emmys for his work.

This is the second film premiere for which Dr. Sheehan has been commissioned by National Geographic Channel. To contact him with media inquries or book him for special events, please visit

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U.N. SDSN Sustainable Development Goals Final Report – Baltimore

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U.N. SDSN/SCI-UB | U.N. SDSN Sustainable Development Goals Final Report – Baltimore | Sustainable Development Solutions Network | Sustainable Cities Initiative Final Report – Baltimore | Spring 2017

A new 84 page report released by the University of Baltimore articulates how the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be localized to support a more sustainable Baltimore. Mayor Catherine Pugh endorsed the initiative when she took office in December 2016. “As you will read in this report, the indicators reflect the range of work that is already being done in Baltimore, challenge us to push further, and connect us to a global effort,” said Mayor Pugh in the report’s foreword. “Every urban university has a special responsibility to support and advance the communities in which it resides,” said Kurt L. Schmoke, president of the University of Baltimore. “At UB, we are sharing our expertise in the growing field of sustainability, serving as a gathering place for information, trends and planning efforts. In time, this hard work will help to deliver a Baltimore that is more livable, equitable and, most importantly, a city that thrives in the 21st century.” A link to the full report, which includes ways to get involved and details about each of the Baltimore SDGs, is available on UB’s Sustainable Cities Initiative website.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – worked on matters related to the implementation of sustainable development goals in Baltimore. His work and that of his colleagues is discussed in several articles featured at Citiscope and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN).

Citiscope | How Baltimore is using the Sustainable Development Goals to make a more just city

U.N. SDSN | Getting Started with SDG Implementation in Baltimore, USA

U.N. SDSN | Sustainable Cities Initiative: Taking Stock and Building on Existing Development Efforts

Baltimore was selected as a model city for the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a global effort to bring together academic institutions and key stakeholders to support the UN’s SDGs—a series of global aspirations and priorities designed to take on major sustainable development challenges.

The University of Baltimore, its College of Public Affairs and the Jacob France Institute in the Merrick School of Business served lead university partners in the effort to facilitate a process that articulated Baltimore’s strategies and goals in support of sustainable development and a framework for setting targets. Baltimore was selected as a model city for the new USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI). The project, facilitated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), was funded by the Kresge Foundation via Columbia University, and brought together academic institutions and key stakeholders to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a series of global aspirations and priorities designed to take on major sustainable development challenges.

Jeffrey Sachs, special advisor to the UN Secretary General and director of SDSN, believes Baltimore is serving as a trailblazer in demonstrating how the SDGs can work for cities in the United States.

“I am thrilled to be working with Baltimore and its citizens to build on past successes, to find new, innovative solutions to persistent development challenges, and to support Baltimore to become a leader in the world of sustainable development,” Sachs said.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

For additional research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him on Twitter @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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SHEEHAN | Iran’s Assault on Academic Freedom | The Hill | Op-Ed |

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SHEEHAN | Iran’s Assault on Academic Freedom | The Hill | Op-Ed | 11 September 2016

On the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – weighs in at the congressional newspaper The Hill to call attention to the importance of “Academic Freedom” and to highlight its importance to democratic discourse in the Middle East. Learn more about the valuable work undertaken by the US-based organization Scholars at Risk, a network of individuals and academic institutions that promotes the principles of academic freedom around the globe.

Excerpts via @TheHill: In totalitarian societies, power is maintained in part by the control of memory and reinvention of the past. While all societies promote a collective history, totalitarian states tend to advocate a single authorized version. In contemporary Iran, revolutionary ideology and memory itself has been reconstructed to erase any trace of the role of democratic-leaning students and academics in creating an official narrative that implies that the revolution was not about freedom or rights but only about Islamic identity. Recovering silenced accounts of the past has the potential to challenge dominant narratives and become a tool for advocates for change…

As the world pays tribute to the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it is important for U.S. officials to champion the freedom to think, write and teach freely and consider all of the implications this has for the development of tolerant and pluralistic societies. By supporting academic freedom as a universal commitment, U.S. leaders can make a small contribution toward a more democratic discourse in the Middle East and uphold a basic value too often taken for granted in the West. #PDF

Dr. Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

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SHEEHAN: Trump’s Torture Stance is Bad Counterterrorism Policy | The Hill | Op-Ed

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SHEEHAN: Trump’s Torture Stance is Bad Counterterrorism Policy | The Hill | Op-Ed | 1 July 2016

In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Istanbul on June 28, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan – Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs – questions the wisdom of Donald Trump’s embrace of torture as an appropriate counterterrorism tool. The criticism is situated in the context of studies Dr. Sheehan has undertaken over the past ten years on matters related to evidence-based counterterrorism policy. #PDF #PR

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When force disintegrates into barbarism in asymmetric conflicts, as it was shown to do in footage released in 2003 depicting abuse and humiliation of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison, the negative effects are magnified. The photographs of U.S. soldiers and CIA personnel abusing Iraqi prisoners was not simply, as Fareed Zakaria (2005) put it, just “bad public relations”:

Ask any soldier in Iraq when the general population really turned against the United States and he will say, ‘Abu Ghraib.’ A few months before the scandal broke, Coalition Provisional Authority polls showed Iraqi support for the occupation at 63 percent. A month after Abu Ghraib, the number was 9 percent.

The lesson: When you brutalize the enemy, there are negative consequences.

Dr. Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

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UNSDSN: Baltimore Develops Global Agenda

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“It has been only five months since the UN General Assembly convened and ratified the new Sustainable Development Goals – and Baltimore is already pushing forward to localize this global agenda, proving it can be a model for cities around the world who want to build locally-grounded strategies to tackle sustainable development needs.” ~ Dr. Sandra Ruckstuhl

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is currently working on matters related to the implementation of sustainable development goals in Baltimore. His work and that of his colleagues is discussed in several new articles featured at the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN).

http://unsdsn.org/news/2016/02/19/getting-started-with-sdg-implementation-in-baltimore-usa/

http://unsdsn.org/news/2016/03/30/usa-sustainable-cities-initiative-taking-stock-and-building-on-existing-development-efforts/

The University of Baltimore, its College of Public Affairs and the Jacob France Institute in its Merrick School of Business is serving as lead university partner to facilitate a process that articulates Baltimore’s strategies and goals in support of sustainable development.

Baltimore has been selected as a model city for the new USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI). The project, facilitated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Climate Nexus, and funded by the Kresge Foundation via Columbia University, brings together academic institutions and key stakeholders to support the UN’s newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a series of global aspirations and priorities designed to take on major sustainable development challenges. Additional details below.

Jeffrey Sachs, special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and director of SDSN, believes Baltimore can serve as a trailblazer in demonstrating how the SDGs could work for cities in the United States, and the importance of addressing social issues, such as race and class and poverty alleviation, along with economic ones.

“I am thrilled to be working with Baltimore and its citizens to build on past successes, to find new, innovative solutions to persistent development challenges, and to support Baltimore to become a leader in the world of sustainable development,” Sachs said.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs inNegotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Securityin the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

For additional research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him on Twitter @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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PRESS RELEASE: Sustainable Development Goals Initiative Launches in Baltimore

Posted in baltimore, college of public affairs, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan, education, global, human security, Ivan Sascha Sheehan, jeffrey d. sachs, Kurt Schmoke, leadership, maryland, media, obama, policy, politics, Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan, scholarly, sheehan, social science, sustainable development goals, sustainable development solutions network, teaching, think-tank, U.N. General Assembly, united nations, university of baltimore, unsdsn, white house with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2015 by Professor Sheehan

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USA Sustainable Cities Initiative Launches in Baltimore, with UB Named as Lead University Partner

Part of a Global Effort to Achieve Newly Adopted Sustainable Development Goals

The University of Baltimore, its College of Public Affairs and the Jacob France Institute in its Merrick School of Business will serve as lead university partner to facilitate a process that articulates Baltimore’s strategies and goals in support of sustainable development.

Baltimore has been selected as a model city for the new USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI). This project, led by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Climate Nexus, brings together academic institutions and key stakeholders to support the UN’s newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a series of global aspirations and priorities designed to take on major sustainable development challenges. Additional details below.

Jeffrey Sachs, special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and director of SDSN, believes Baltimore can serve as a trailblazer in demonstrating how the SDGs could work for cities in the United States, and the importance of addressing social issues, such as race and class and poverty alleviation, along with economic ones.

“I am thrilled to be working with Baltimore and its citizens to build on past successes, to find new, innovative solutions to persistent development challenges, and to support Baltimore to become a leader in the world of sustainable development,” Sachs said.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

For additional research or media related updates or to learn more about Dr. Sheehan, follow him on Twitter @ProfSheehan or link to his research profiles.

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