Monday, November 7, 2011
3240 (3rd Floor Seminar Room), Weill Hall, Ford School of Public Policy
Join the International Policy Students Association (IPSA) in a conversation with Prof. Susan Waltz (Election Observer, Carter Center Delegation - Tunisia Constituent Assembly). Prof. Waltz will share her observations and stories on Tunisia's elections and the post-Jasmine Revolution political developments in the country. Susan Waltz is both a scholar and a practitioner in the field of international human rights. She began her career as an area specialist, focusing on the North African countries of Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria. Over the past twenty years she has conducted research on North African regional politics and the local human rights movement. More recently, her research has focused on the historical origins of international human rights instruments and the political processes that produced them. From 1993-1999 Waltz was a member of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International, and in 1996 she became the first American to chair the organization’s international governing board. She has been actively involved in efforts to promote an international Arms Trade Treaty to prevent irresponsible transfers of small arms, and from 2001-2009 she chaired a working group on military transfers for Amnesty International-USA. At the same time (2001-2008), she served on the Board of Directors of the American Friends (Quaker) Service Committee, the 1947 Nobel Peace Laureate. She currently sits on the Board of Amnesty International-USA.