Yale Conference to Examine HIV/AIDS Threat to Global Security

The Yale College International Conflict Research Group (ICRG) on November 8-9 will host a conference titled “HIV/AIDS as a Threat to Global Security” at the Yale Law School Sterling Auditorium, 127 Wall St.

HIV/AIDS presents the most serious health crisis of our time. It destroys families and social groups, financially decimates national institutions, impedes economic growth and can incapacitate local police and other peacekeeping forces that are responsible for security worldwide. The conference, which is free and open to the public, seeks to promote greater awareness of and critically examine the international security implications of the AIDS pandemic. It will examine the impacts of HIV/AIDS in three panels: Causes and Dimensions of HIV/AIDS, Regional Case Studies and Solutions and Policy Challenges.

Stephen Lewis, United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS to Africa and Mark Schneider, senior vice president, International Crisis Group, will deliver keynote speeches. Other panelists include: Dr. Paulo Teixeira, director of National AIDS/STD Program, Brazil Ministry of Health, Rear Admiral Ken Bernard, special advisor for security, intelligence and defense, U.S, Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Christen Halle, chief of medical unit, U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Major Rubaramira Ruranga, coordinator for national guidance and empowerment network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Uganda.

ICRG is comprised of Yale students dedicated to focusing attention on international conflicts and examining the possibilities for conflict resolution. Each year, ICRG organizes a conference on a bilateral conflict that brings opposing parties together to engage in a constructive discussion. This year, ICRG has shifted its focus towards a “conflict” that supercedes religion, race and borders. The conference is co-sponsored by the Yale Department of Epidemiology and Public Health’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, the International Human Rights:Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for Human Rights and the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.

For further information including a schedule and complete list of conference participants please visits the ICRG website (http://www.yale.edu/icrg) or contact conference co-directors Genevieve Tremblay (genevieve.tremblay@yale.edu) or Ziad Haider (ziad.haider@yale.edu).

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