The 2016 Friends of ACUNS fund-raising dinner featured the Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth. A video of the Q&A session with Mr Roth, chaired by ACUNS member Ramesh Thakur, is available online.

About the Dinner
This is a special fund-raiser organized by Friends of ACUNS, which will help to support future Travel Awards, Book Awards, the Gene Lyons Award, and any similar future Friends of ACUNS programs.


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About Irina Bokova:
Irina Bokova currently serves as the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  She is also currently a candidate for UN Secretary-General. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria she graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and studied at the University of Maryland (Washington) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University). As Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance quality education for all, gender equality, cultural dialogue and scientific cooperation for sustainable development and is leading UNESCO as a global advocate for safety of journalists and freedom of expression.

About Kenneth Roth:
Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses, devoting special attention to issues of international justice, counterterrorism, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the work of the United Nations.

About Ramesh Thakur
Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. He was formerly Senior Vice Rector of the UN University and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General. Educated in India and Canada, he has held fulltime academic appointments in Australia, Canada, Fiji and New Zealand and been a consultant/adviser to the Australian and New Zealand governments on international security. He was a Commissioner and a principal author of The Responsibility to Protect and the Principal Writer of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s second reform report.

The author/editor of 50 books and 400 articles and book chapters, Dr. Thakur is also a regular media commentator, serves on the international advisory boards of institutes in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance. His books include The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey (Indiana University Press, 2010); The Responsibility to Protect: Norms, Laws and the Use of Force in International Politics (Routledge, 2011); The Group of Twenty (G20) (Routledge, 2013); The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2013); and Theorising the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

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