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Poetry's and Diplomacy's Core Essence


"Within these contrary terms of poetry and diplomacy, both matters seem to maintain their own stable ground.

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Structure in Poetry/Speech in Diplomacy

Personally, I have heard from teachers, mentors, and colleagues alike that as humans we naturally come to a pause. Though it is true that we do naturally come to pause (for purposes of breathing) I do not think that we naturally pause at moments that elevate a normal conversation into a detailed discussion. In other words, I do not think we naturally differentiate between common words and eloquent verbiage.

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UNSC Meeting on the Situation in the Great Lakes Region

In March, Special Envoy Said Djinnit, an Algerian diplomat, delivered his final remarks in this capacity to members of the UNSC. PEAC's intern, Lawerence Khoo covered the meeting.

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PEAC at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women.




Empowering in Emergencies: A conversation with Frontline Responders to Gender Based Violence

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Poetry and Sympathy

Making an agreement

Coming together to hear each other’s pronouncement

Discussing toward merriment,

Striding away from a state of being recalcitrant,

Through sympathizing, we come to an agreement~

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On Rhythm and Rhyme in Poetry and the Tone of Diplomacy

Rhythm_and_Rhyme.jpgPoetry and diplomacy are conducted in various languages at multiple and varied moments in time. Beyond the languages it is conducted in, poetry and diplomacy have a language structure of their own as well that transcends barriers of nationality and ‘tongue’. In terms of poetry, rhyme and rhythm are of crucial importance. I will use a well known Robert Frost poem and a well known Matsuo Basho poem as my frames of reference.

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Peaceful Melody


“Peaceful Melody”

Communal harmony,
Friendly camaraderie,
What more could there be
To create peace we can see?

Inside each person,
Within every nation,
There is a magic notion,
That is like a curing potion.
It is unbiased comprehension,
Unsullied by strident tension.

As waves and moon are in synchronicity,
Humanity can find a pure form of unity,
Through poetry,
Through its peaceful melody.

~Andrew Sokulski Zozaya

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Mali Consultations in the UNSC

Mali Consultations in the U.N Security Council

By Lawrence Khoo

On January 16, the United Nations Security Council held consultations about the situation in Mali. Based on the 2018 report made by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the consultations highlighted key aspects of the situation in Mali such as the peace process, the implementation of 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, and the progress of the Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) before proceeding to the consultation. President of the Security Council José Singer Weisinger moderated the consultation while Security Council members issued individual press statements expressing concerns and suggestions afterward.

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Climate Change Discussions at the UN

Open Debate on Addressing the Impacts of climate-related disasters on international peace and Security

By Lawrence Khoo

Under the leadership of the Dominican Republic, the UN Security Council convened an important debate on the nexus between security and climate change.

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Nuclear Disarmament: Global Youth Forum, Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Global Youth Forum

This youth expedition consisted of 24 individuals age 18-30. The participants were from many South Pacific Islands, U.S, and Japan. The program ran from December 4 to 7, 2018.


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