Events at USIP
Security Challenges in Africa: 2021 and Beyond

Security Challenges in Africa: 2021 and Beyond

February 25, 2021

Countering Violent Extremism by Refocusing on Communities

On February 24, 2021, USIP hosted an event with the RESOLVE Network and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) that examined the role of non-state actors and local communities in preventing the spread of violent extremism. Drawing on research from RESOLVE’s Africa portfolio and ISS’s research, leading experts offered alternative pathways for conflict resolution that account for local peacebuilding challenges—as well as considered the pivotal role of women in community-based justice, conflict resolution, and the rule of law.

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/security-challenges-africa-2021-and-beyond

The Building Blocks of Civil Society in North Korea

The Building Blocks of Civil Society in North Korea

February 24, 2021

On February 23, 2021, USIP hosted a discussion on a new report published by the National Committee on North Korea and the broader implications of market participation on North Korean society. The report’s authors were joined by leading experts on the Korean Peninsula and civil society to discuss how market participation has fostered the beginnings of a public sphere and how linkages between market activities and the building blocks of civil society may help promote the rights and livelihoods of the North Korean people—and shift the ideological framework through which the state must operate.

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/building-blocks-civil-society-north-korea

Afghanistan Study Group Releases Final Report

Afghanistan Study Group Releases Final Report

February 4, 2021

USIP hosted the co-chairs of the Afghanistan Study Group for a discussion of the group’s findings and the report’s recommendations for how the United States can fully align our policies, practices, and messaging across diplomatic, military, and assistance efforts toward the overarching goal of achieving a successful peace in Afghanistan. 

Passing the Baton 2021: Securing America’s Future Together

Passing the Baton 2021: Securing America’s Future Together

February 1, 2021

For the past 20 years, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) has convened national security leaders after every change in administration to affirm the peaceful transfer of power and the bipartisan character of American foreign policy through its signature Passing the Baton event.

30 Years Later: German Reunification Revisited

30 Years Later: German Reunification Revisited

January 28, 2021

While the fall of the Berlin Wall is now celebrated as a symbol of the end of the Cold War, the immediate aftermath was a tumultuous period which could easily have resulted in chaos and conflict. The remarkable diplomatic efforts that reunified Germany offered a blueprint for nations to pursue a shared vision of a Europe whole and free and at peace with Russia as a partner, not an adversary.

Defiance and Democracy: Understanding the Thai Protest Movement

Defiance and Democracy: Understanding the Thai Protest Movement

January 21, 2021

USIP held a discussion on the underlying political dynamics that are driving this current movement—as well as a look at the tactics the protestors have deployed to mobilize in Thailand’s restrictive environment, where the protest movement may go from here, and how the U.S. government might constructively respond.

China’s Influence on Conflict Dynamics in South Asia

China’s Influence on Conflict Dynamics in South Asia

December 16, 2020

The co-chairs and members of the Senior Study Group joined to discuss their work and the report’s conclusions. The conversation will tackle topics such as U.S. interests in South Asia amid China’s growing role, Beijing’s interests in and approach toward the region, China-Pakistan relations, China-India relations, and China’s relations with the smaller South Asian states.

Vanishing Media Freedoms Across South Asia

Vanishing Media Freedoms Across South Asia

December 15, 2020

USIP hosted distinguished journalists from the region to shed light on the challenges of the past year, share personal insights from the ground, and discuss what we can expect from South Asian governments and media outlets going forward.

Deadly Conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State: New Pathways to Peace?

Deadly Conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State: New Pathways to Peace?

December 11, 2020

USIP launched two publications—"Why Burma’s Peace Efforts have Failed to End its Internal Wars” and “The Arakan Army in Myanmar: Deadly Conflict Rises in Rakhine State”—which explore the implications of the deadly conflict in Rakhine State, as well as possible new directions for ending Myanmar’s internal wars.

How Movements Fight Corruption

How Movements Fight Corruption

December 9, 2020

USIP held a discussion on citizen and movement efforts, including those in Guatemala, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. This event featured activists, scholars of nonviolent action, and international donors to explore the various ways bottom-up pressure can be used to make governments more open, hold leaders accountable, and prevent and curb corruption.

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