Welcoming remarks at the Overcoming Extremism: Protecting Civilians from Terrorist Violence conference delivered by Thomas Pritzker, CEO of the Global Hyatt Corporation and followed by keynote speaker Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is hosting a two-day conference featuring high-profile leaders, experts, and opinion-makers to develop a shared international agenda for protecting civilians from terrorist violence. In addition to examining government responses and legal structures, the conference will consider how local communities and international partners can transform the enabling environment that can intimidate local actors into silence or acquiescence. Topics will include the impact of new media tools, changes in international humanitarian law, the evolution of terrorist tactics, the proliferation of suicide bombings, and innovative approaches to protecting civilians- CSIS
Frederick Barton is a senior adviser in the CSIS International Security Program and co-director of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project. A member of the CSIS Commission on Smart Power and a supporting expert to the Iraq Study Group and the Task Force on the United Nations, Barton is a regular writer, commentator, and contributor to global public discussions.
For the past five years, he was also a visiting lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he was the Frederick H. Schultz Professor of Economic Policy and lecturer on public and international affairs. His work is informed by 12 years of experience in nearly 30 global hot spots, including serving as UN deputy high commissioner for refugees in Geneva (1999-2001) and as the first director of the Office of Transition Initiatives at the U.S. Agency for International Development (1994-1999).
Author of The Unheard Youth: Poverty and Human Rights, 2007 Sydney Peace Prize laureate Irene Khan is the first woman, first Asian, and first Muslim to guide the world's largest human rights organization, having served as Secretary-General of Amnesty International.
Thomas J. Pritzker is Chairman and CEO of Global Hyatt Corporation and Marmon Group, Inc. He is also Chairman and CEO of The Pritzker Organization, a family merchant bank.
Pritzker is on the Board of Directors of Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD. and Trans Union, a leading global provider of credit information and tools for credit decision making. He is also a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bay City Capital, LLC, a merchant bank specializing in life sciences.
Outside of business, Pritzker is Chairman of the Board of the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago. He has also organized the Pritzker Neurospsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium. It is a collaborative effort to do research into genetic basis of psychiatric disorders.
Karin von Hippel
Karin von Hippel is codirector of the PCR Project and senior fellow with the International Security Program at CSIS. Previously, she was a senior research fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies, Kingâ€™s College London, and spent several years working for the United Nations and the European Union in Somalia and Kosovo. In 2004 and 2005, she participated in two major studies for the UN-one on UN peacekeeping and the second on the UN humanitarian system. Also in 2004, she was part of a small team funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development to investigate the development potential of Somali remittances.
In 2002, she advised the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on the role of development cooperation in discovering the root causes of terrorism. Since then, she has participated in numerous conferences and working groups on the subject in Africa, Europe, and North America. She also directed a project on European counterterrorist reforms funded by the MacArthur Foundation.