Events at USIP
Mapping the Role of Religion in Fragile States

Mapping the Role of Religion in Fragile States

June 29, 2018

From Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s influence in the Iraqi elections to the involvement of religious actors in South Sudan’s peace process, the role of religion in conflict zones continues to dominate headlines. Please join field researchers and U.S. Institute of Peace experts on June 26, as they present an approach for mapping the role of religious actors and institutions to better understand their legitimacy and influence in contributing to peace and conflict, exploring findings from three recent mappings from Libya, South Sudan, and Iraq based on work from the field.

Speakers:
Col. Paul Hughes, welcoming remarks
Acting Vice President, Center for Applied Conflict Transformation, U.S. Institute of Peace

Rev. Susan Hayward, introductory remarks
Senior Advisor, Religion & Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute of Peace

Rosarie Tucci, moderator
Director, Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute of Peace

Palwasha Kakar
Senior Program Officer, Libya Project Coordinator, U.S. Institute of Peace

Monica Pio
South Sudan Researcher, Forcier Consulting

Zainab Qassim
Networks Manager, Sanad for Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace

Dr. Ann Wainscott
Lead Researcher and Iraq Project Coordinator, U.S. Institute of Peace

Dr. Jacqueline Wilson
Lead Researcher and South Sudan Project Coordinator, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

A Conversation with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova

A Conversation with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova

June 27, 2018

The U.S. Institute of Peace is proud to host Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip, accompanied by several of his cabinet ministers, for a discussion focused on his country’s foreign policy, regional role, reform achievements, political situation, and efforts to combat Russian influence. It is a critical period for Eastern Europe and a key time for Moldova in light of November's parliamentary elections that will determine the further direction of the country.

Russia - 21st Century Disrupter in Europe - A Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue

Russia - 21st Century Disrupter in Europe - A Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue

June 20, 2018

For over a decade, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has campaigned to subvert the liberal world order and undermine global norms by invading neighbors and interfering in democratic processes at home and abroad. Without strong leadership from an allied West to push back on Russian ambitions, the postwar order established by the United States and its allies is in jeopardy, and progress made over the last 70 years is at risk of being reversed. The United States must continue to lead on global issues, support democracy, uphold the rule of law, and push back on the disruptive ambitions of revisionist states like Russia.

Speakers:
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL)
19th Congressional District of Florida, U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA)
9th Congressional District of Massachusetts, U.S. House of Representatives

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

The Long Search for Peace in Afghanistan

The Long Search for Peace in Afghanistan

June 8, 2018

This event features discussion about the practical steps for the search for peace in Afghanistan. This effort has moved to center stage in recent months following President Ashraf Ghani’s late February peace offer to the Taliban, a series of major international conferences that consolidated support for a peace deal, and a wave of pro-peace demonstrations across Afghanistan. Crucial questions nonetheless remain: What it will take to get the Taliban to join peace talks in earnest? What will a prospective peace agreement look like? How does the peace process affect the Afghan and international military campaign?

Panel 1: Top-Down Peace: Negotiations, the Taliban, and the Shape of a Deal

Steve Brooking, Director of Peace and Reconciliation, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
Laurel Miller, Former State Department Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Center for International Cooperation, New York University
Rahmatullah Amiri, Senior Researcher, The Liaison Office (TLO)
Moderator: Johnny Walsh, Senior Expert on Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace

Panel 2: Bottom-Up Peace: Militias, Reintegration and Local Accommodations

Michael Semple, Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University, Belfast
Kate Clark, Director, Afghanistan Analysts Network
Erica Gaston, Non-Resident Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute
Nilofar Sakhi, Lecturer, George Mason University
Moderator: Scott Worden, Director of Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

Closing Remarks with Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan Ambassador to the United States

Sudan After the Sanctions

Sudan After the Sanctions

June 5, 2018

The U.S.-Sudan relationship is at an historic juncture, with the prospect of a broader normalization of relations with the United States coinciding with economic and political turbulence in Sudan. Amid the goals of the U.S. engagement process, the demands of Sudanese citizens for a peaceful, better governed country remain unfulfilled. Join USIP to explore the findings of “Sudan after Sanctions: Sudanese Views of Relations with the United States,” authored by USIP’s Aly Verjee, examining the perceptions and hopes of Sudanese citizens for future relations between Sudan and the United States.

Innovation and Technology in Rule of Law - Afternoon Sessions

Innovation and Technology in Rule of Law - Afternoon Sessions

June 1, 2018

Questions about the promises and dangers of technology have recently dominated headlines—but less often covered are the stories of practitioners and start-ups leveraging their know-how to build peace. On May 31, the Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Program and the U.S. Institute of Peace will host a symposium to tackle the difficult questions of how technology can be used to strengthen rule of law, security, community engagement, and relationships between states and the people they serve in developing and conflict-affected areas.

 

Session Two: Innovations in Engagement: From Mobile Apps to Social Media

Rohini Srihari, Moderator
Chief Data Scientist, PeaceTech Lab

Jeffrey Aresty
President, InternetBar.org

Karen Naimer
Director, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Physicians for Human Rights

Antoine Heuty
Founder and CEO, Ulula LLC

Zaid Zaid
Public Policy, Strategic Response, Facebook, Inc.

 

 

Session Three: Innovations in E-Governance: From Case Management to Consensus Building

Andrew Solomon, Moderator
Senior Rule of Law Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

Jeff Apperson
Vice President, National Center for State Courts

Julia Glidden
General Manager, IBM Global Business Services - Global Government Industry

Nino Vardosanidze
Senior Legislative and Oversight Manager, Good Governance Initiative, Tetra Tech ARD (Republic of Georgia)

 

Innovation and Technology in Rule of Law - Opening Session

Innovation and Technology in Rule of Law - Opening Session

June 1, 2018

Questions about the promises and dangers of technology have recently dominated headlines—but less often covered are the stories of practitioners and start-ups leveraging their know-how to build peace. On May 31, the Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Program and the U.S. Institute of Peace will host a symposium to tackle the difficult questions of how technology can be used to strengthen rule of law, security, community engagement, and relationships between states and the people they serve in developing and conflict-affected areas.

Session One: Innovations in Law Enforcement: Digital Investigative Analysis & Forensic Science: Advances and Setbacks

Lindsay Freeman, Moderator
Human Rights Center Research Fellow, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Mark D. Mogle
Deputy Assistant Director for Forensics, International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Justice

Mark Grantz
Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, Washington Field Office, U.S. Secret Service

Joe Varani
Digital Investigative Analyst, Cybercrime Lab, U.S. Department of Justice

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