Dr Christina Schori Liang was an invited speaker at the Conference on Strategic Communications for the New Era of UN Peace Operations, part of a global series of conferences, called the Challenges Forum, co-hosted by the United States Institute of Peace and the Folke Bernadotte Academy on June 23 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Strategic communications play a critical role in both the promotion and the practice of foreign policy. In order to improve U.N. peace operations, the United Nations has to build effective public communications strategies into every peacekeeping mission.
Dr Schori Liang spoke about this very topic, highlighting what the best practices are today. She spoke about the new challenges and threats including asymmetric, technologically leveraged approaches used by non-state actors such as IS.
Organised by the USIP, the Folke Bernadotte Academy and the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations, the purpose of the conference is to develop, promulgate and mainstream a new strategic communication approach fit for the purposes and challenges of the 21st century.
Building on the findings of the Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation, the focus of the conference was to understand what is required to ensure that a modern communications approach is embraced by all UN Peace Operations.
The workshop will produce a set of practical, concrete and realistic recommendations in order to prioritize the development of tailored and dynamic communications strategies that support mandate implementation.