Crimea After 5 Years of Russian Occupation

March 20, 2019

In the five years since its invasion and attempted annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, Russia has continued violating the norms and standards of the international order in Ukraine’s Donbas and the Sea of Azov. On March 19, 2019, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Ukrainian Embassy and the Atlantic Council hosted a discussion on the illegal Russian occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea. A distinguished set of panelists went beyond the current nonrecognition policies and delved into scenarios that could create the conditions necessary to reunify the Crimean Peninsula, deter further Russian aggression and move past the dangers of the status quo.

Ambassador Bill Taylor, opening remarks
Executive Vice President, USIP
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

Ambassador Valeriy Chaly, opening remarks
Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States

Heather Conley
Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Akhtem Chiygoz
Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People

Emine Dzhaparova
First Deputy Minister of Information Policy, Ukraine

George Kent
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Victoria Nuland
Former Assistant Secretary of State, European and Eurasian Affairs

Andrew Weiss
Vice President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Ambassador John Herbst, moderator
Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

How Pakistan Navigates the Saudi Arabia-Iran Rivalry

March 11, 2019

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman recently visited Pakistan to finalize agreements on new projects in the energy sector and other areas, which solidified a $20 billion Saudi investment in Pakistan’s economy to match the scale of China, Islamabad’s principal ally. Pakistani military cooperation with Saudi Arabia has also remained strong, with the former Pakistani chief of army staff Raheel Sharif now heading a Saudi-sponsored military coalition.

The deepening relationship between Pakistan and the Gulf states comes at a period of high tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose border with Pakistan has also been the site of periodic clashes and whose past efforts to launch a gas pipeline project linking the two countries remains stalled.

Ankit Panda
Senior Editor, The Diplomat

Karen Young
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Alex Vatanka
Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute

Ambassador Richard Olson, moderator
Former United States Ambassador to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates

#HerPotentialOurFuture: Gender Equality, Fragility and Conflict Affected States

March 8, 2019

Recent decades have seen huge gains in progress on empowering women and girls but we are still far from achieving gender equality. And nowhere is this more true than in fragile and conflict affected states, where often it is the women and girls who face the greatest challenges.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, USIP was pleased to host U.K. Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities, the Right Honorable Penny Mordaunt, to discuss gender equality and women’s rights.


Right Honorable Penny Mordaunt
U.K. Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities

The Honorable Nancy Lindborg
President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Building Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies Amid a World on Fire

March 6, 2019

At a time of global peril, the Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy in Washington, New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, and the U.S. Institute of Peace convened a lively panel discussion on how to mobilize behind a roadmap that will put peace at the heart of the 2030 Agenda.

Laura E. Bailey
Global Lead, Stability Peace and Security, SURR Global Practice, World Bank Group

Ambassador Sarah Mendelson
Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, and Head of Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy in Washington

Daniel Nagin
The Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Maria Stephan
Director of the Program on Nonviolent Action, U.S. Institute of Peace

David Steven
Senior Fellow and Associate Director, New York University’s Center on International Cooperation

Nancy Lindborg, moderator
President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Pakistani Ambassador to U.S. Dr. Asad Majeed Khan on Pakistan’s Priorities

March 4, 2019

Over the past several months, the United States and Pakistan have increased their diplomatic engagement in order to advance prospects for Afghan peace and reconciliation. 

Recently arrived Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, discussed Pakistan’s policy responses to recent developments and his priorities for the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. 

Dr. Asad Majeed Khan
Ambassador to the U.S., Pakistan

Moeed Yusuf, moderator
Associate Vice President, Asia Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

What is the State of the Rule of Law Around the World in 2019?

March 1, 2019

The WJP Rule of Law Index® 2019 is the latest report in an annual series measuring the rule of law based on the experiences and perceptions of the general public and in-country experts worldwide. USIP in conjuction with the World Justice Project discussed key findings from the WJP Rule of Law Index 2019 and how the rule of law matters for the future of fair and functioning societies worldwide. 



Bill Taylor, welcoming remarks
Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace

William Hubbard, welcoming remarks
Board Chair, World Justice Project 

Elizabeth Andersen
Executive Director, World Justice Project

Dr. Alejandro Ponce
Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project

Maria Stephan
Director Nonviolent Action, U.S. Institute of Peace

Hoyt Yee
Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace

Philippe Leroux-Martin, moderator 
Director Governance Justice and Security, U.S. Institute of Peace

Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad on the Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan

February 11, 2019

The U.S. has redoubled its efforts to facilitate a peace process that will end the conflict in Afghanistan, protect U.S. national security interests, and strengthen Afghanistan’s sovereignty. USIP was pleased to host Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad for his first public event since becoming the special representative. 


Nancy Lindborg
President, U.S Institute of Peace

Zalmay Khalilzad
Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, U.S Department of State

Stephen J. Hadley
Chair, Board of Directors, U.S Institute of Peace

The Elusive Consensus on Peace in Colombia (Spanish-Only)

December 13, 2018

Since taking office in August 2018, Colombia’s government has sought to devise new strategies to advance peace and security in a country long plagued by armed conflict and organized criminal violence. Political consensus around peace, however, has remained elusive. 

The United States Institute of Peace, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Woodrow Wilson Center on Tuesday, December 11th hosted a conversation with three prominent members of the Colombian Senate’s Peace Commission.

Roy Barreras
Senator, Partido de la Unidad Nacional

Michael Camilleri
Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, The Inter-American Dialogue

Iván Cepeda
Senator, Polo Democrático Alternativo

Paloma Valencia
Senator, Centro Democrático

Steve Hege, moderator
Senior Expert on Colombia, U.S. Institute of Peace

Resilience in Conflict

December 13, 2018

The world’s most violent conflicts are being fought within its most youthful populations. In the five countries that suffered nearly 80 percent of recent deaths from violent extremism, half of all people were younger than 22. The youth in these countries are also some of their communities’ most effective peacebuilders and best hopes for breaking cycles of violence.

On December 12, USIP streamed a forum with thought leader and youth leader participants from USIP’s Youth Leaders’ Exchange with His Holiness the Dalai Lama discussing what it takes to build inner resilience and how to apply it to peacebuliding.

Wadi Ben-Hirki
Founder, Wadi Ben-Hriki Foundation (Nigeria)

Jimmie Briggs
Executive Director, Leave Out Violence-U.S., (U.S.)

Meron Kocho
Member of Council, MESPO-Iraq (Iraq)

Maya Soetoro-Ng
Advisor, Obama Foundation (U.S.)

Gregg Zoroya
Editorial Writer, USA Today (U.S)

Bridging the Data-Policy Gap on Counter-terrorism

December 11, 2018

Trends in global terrorism change every year. From fragile states to urban megacities, data shows how many societies are impacted by violence. But, how does this data help prevent and counter violent extremism?  The findings of the sixth annual edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) provide data on the evolving trends of global terrorism that are useful for policy, programming and research.