Former US ambassador joins the Sentinel Project as advisor on UAVs

January 2, 2013 |

The Sentinel Project is excited to have former US ambassador Jack Chow, an advocate for humanitarian drones, join us as an advisor. He will be assisting our team as we develop new ideas about these devices and build prototypes in the near future. Many of our supporters know that we’ve had a growing interest in…

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SP has joined the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

July 30, 2012 |

I am pleased to announce that the Sentinel Project is the newest member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP). Following last week’s approval by the Coalition’s steering committee, we are now one of 45 members of an international network of organizations dedicated to implementing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Considering our…

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San Francisco roundup and concept paper: "Tapping into the Wisdom of the Smart Crowd for Predicting Genocide"

July 5, 2012 |

Everyone knows that ideas get better when you share them, so last week Collin Sullivan and I took the opportunity to attend the 3rd Global Conference on Genocide at San Francisco State University. The four-day event, organized by the International Network of Genocide Scholars, brought together many of the world’s leading scholars studying the issue…

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Our time in Panama: Discussing early warning and building relationships

June 13, 2012 |

Last week I had the honour of representing the Sentinel Project at an international wokshop in Panama which addressed the topic of creating what is being called a “Regional Mechanism for Peace and Conflict Resolution” in Latin America. This multi-year initiative is being organized by the Arias Foundation with funding from the Inter-American Development Bank…

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The Sentinel Project is going to Panama

May 22, 2012 |

An important part of our work here at the Sentinel Project is to not only develop ideas for predicting and preventing genocide but also to share them as widely as possible. That’s why I was so pleased to be invited by the Arias Foundation to speak in Panama at an upcoming international workshop on creating…

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Happy Will to Intervene Day

May 10, 2012 |

In an uncommon and very welcome move, Toronto City Council recently declared May 10 to be Will to Intervene Day. This move is the result of a joint initiative by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) and the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P). Together, these two organization marked…

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Pre-register now for our new course: Technology for Human Rights

May 4, 2012 |

Anyone who knows the Sentinel Project knows that we’re big fans of technology. Whether it’s data visualization or flying robots, when we talk about genocide prevention, we’re also talking about new tools we can develop. However, technology has already been having an impact on the struggle for human rights and activists are constantly adapting to…

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My evening at Education Under Fire: From awareness to action for Iranian Bahá’ís

April 2, 2012 |

Last week, I had the honour of speaking on a panel at the Toronto screening of Education Under Fire, a film about the exclusion of Bahá’ís from Iranian universities and colleges and the crackdown on the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). The evening was a perfect opportunity to offer support for this important documentary campaign…

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Progress report from Mercyhurst: Assessing the risk of genocide in Iran

March 21, 2012 |

[written by Rebeka Seyfried] We are coming upon the final ten weeks of our academic year at Mercyhurst University and while the weather is getting better, our team is working harder on the term’s final output for the Sentinel Project. The past few months have been focused on extensive research into the situation in Iran…

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Humanitarian intelligence: Are UAVs the next step?

March 7, 2012 |

[Please note that these are my own personal thoughts and not official Sentinel Project policy.] Lately I’ve been reflecting on our work here at the Sentinel Project and exactly what it means. We obviously talk a lot about prevention and the key role played by early warning but sometimes we might seem a bit unclear…

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