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November 20, 2015 Roundtable: “Understanding the ISIL & Confronting Non-State Terrorism”

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November 20, 2015 Roundtable: “Understanding the ISIL & Confronting Non-State Terrorism”

Elliot J. Gunn

The ISIL has claimed responsibility for the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday which claimed the lives of at least 129 people and wounded over 300 civilians. 

On Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at the Munk School of Global Affairs, please join us for a panel discussion on “Understanding the ISIL & Confronting Non-State Terrorism,”  featuring following speakers.  The roundtable will take place from 12pm to 2pm in Room 208N of the Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto.

This roundtable will bring together a panel of experts from the academia, civil society and the media. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis for free of charge. To register, please email  with [Nov 20 roundtable- your name].

Media Coverage

U of T's media coverage can be accessed at this link.

Media Release

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Roundtable Statements

Statements made from the roundtable will be uploaded shortly following the event.


Welcome Remarks (Tina Park)


Naomi Kikoler is the deputy director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. For six years she developed and implemented the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect’s work on populations at risk and efforts to advance R2P globally and led the Centre’s advocacy, including targeting the UN Security Council. An adjunct professor at the New School University, she is the author of numerous publications, including the 2013 Nexus Fund series on the emerging powers and mass atrocity prevention and the 2011 report Risk Factors and Legal Norms Associated with Genocide Prevention for the United Nations Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Jacob Blaustein Institute. Prior to joining the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in 2008, she worked on national security and refugee law and policy for Amnesty International Canada. She has also worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement at the Brookings Institution, and she worked as an election monitor in Kenya with the Carter Center. She holds common law and civil law degrees from McGill University, an MSc in forced migration from Oxford University, where her thesis was on the Rwandan genocide, and a BA from the University of Toronto in international relations and peace and conflict studies. She is a board member of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, a senior fellow at the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and was called to the Bar of Upper Canada.

Naomi will discuss the latest report released by the U.S. Holocaust Museum. The report, Our Generation is Gone: The Islamic State's Targeting of Iraqi Minorities in Ninewa, is the product of over dozens of interviews conducted with Iraqi's who were driven from their home during IS' brutal attack on Northern Iraq between June and August 2014. The report outlines recommendations, including on the need to invest immediately in accountability efforts, in ensuring that civilians are protected in the course of counter-IS operations, and that counter-terrorism policy is better aligned with human rights and atrocity prevention priorities.

Kathleen Davis is a Canadian lawyer who has specialized in the field of international law. She currently teaches international criminal law at Osgoode Hall Law School and is completing her doctorate in international law at The University of Toronto, where she serves as a senior fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the Canadian Centre for The Responsibility to Protect. Kathleen has provided research and legal assistance to the prosecution teams at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. She has also served as a consultant to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect. Kathleen completed her LL.M. in International Legal Studies at New York University, where she interned at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and in the Peace and Security Division of UN Women. Prior to completing her LL.M., Kathleen obtained her B.A. from The University of Western Ontario and her J.D. from Queen’s University. She completed her articles at Torys LLP, and is a member of the Bar of Ontario.

Arne Kislenko is Programme Director and Associate Professor of History at Ryerson University and Adjunct Professor in the International Relations Program at Trinity College/the Munk School for International Studies at the University of Toronto. His teaching focus is on 19th and 20th century international relations, and includes courses on the two world wars, the Cold War, the history of espionage, comparative foreign policy, modern Southeast Asia, and culture/identity/nationalities. He has won numerous awards for his teaching. Arne graduated with an Honours B.A. in History and Politics (1987) and an M.A. in History (1988), both from the University of Western Ontario. Arne completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Toronto (2000) while teaching at Ryerson and U of T and working with Canada Immigration at Lester B. Pearson Airport. He served there for 12 years as a Senior Officer, dealing with many high profile and national security cases. 


Ron Levi holds the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies, and serves as Deputy Director for the Munk School of Global Affairs. Trained in law and in sociology, Levi’s work focuses on the law and politics of how we respond to crime and violence in global perspective, focusing both on urban crime prevention strategies and on responses to mass violence and atrocities. Professor Levi has been a Fellow and Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, served as Director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and has recently been appointed as a Visiting Researcher at the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales, Université de Montréal. Levi attended law school at McGill University, where he was trained in both civil law and common law. After completing his master’s degree in law at UofT, he pursued graduate study in sociology at Northwestern University and completed his doctoral dissertation in law at UofT, where he was awarded the Alan Marks medal.