Ambassador André Schaller, Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and Ambassador Christian Dussey, Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy welcomed guests to an intimate evening of creative conversation around 'Media and Arts for Peace'.
Guests were treated to a cello performance by Karim Wasfi, the renowned conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.
The conversation was moderated by GCSP Media and Arts for Peace Director and former award-winning national radio host Honey Al Sayed. Along with Amb. Cynthia Schneider, distinguished Professor at USIP and former US diplomat, Lisa Russell, Emmy-winning filmmaker and Karim Wasfi, they explored together how creativity, storytelling, and strategy can break cycles of violence and transform conflict.
This event is the third installment in the Media and Arts for Peace series. On 25 May 2017, the GCSP, in partnership with the US Institute of Peace held the first installment of the series and launched an online course in Washington, DC. The second installment was held in Geneva on 21 June, 2017 and included an evening of performances by the Damascus String Quintet of SEPO and the Soprano Racha Rizk.