Events at USIP
A Conversation with Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis

A Conversation with Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis

October 31, 2018

The 2018 National Defense Strategy asserts that the United States is emerging from a post-Cold War period of “strategic atrophy.” On October 30, 2018, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a discussion with Secretary Mattis on how the National Defense Strategy seeks to meet the shared challenges of our time through strengthening and evolving America’s strategic alliances and partnerships. 

What Really Works to Prevent Election Violence

What Really Works to Prevent Election Violence

October 30, 2018

One in five elections worldwide is marred by violence—from burned ballot boxes to violent suppression of peaceful rallies, to assassinations of candidates. A USIP study of programs to prevent violence suggests focusing on improving the administration and policing of elections. The study, of elections in Kenya and Liberia, found no evidence that programs of voter consultation or peace messaging were effective there.  A series of speakers discussed these findings.

Pat Merloe
Senior Associate and Director for Election Programs, NDI

John Tomaszewski
Africa Director, IRI

Joshua Changwony
Deputy Executive Secretary, Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO, Kenya)

Oscar Bloh
Chairman, Elections Coordination Committee (ECC, Liberia)

Inken von Borzyskowski
Assistant Professor, Florida State University

Jonas Claes, facilitator
Senior Program Officer, Center for Applied Conflict Transformation, USIP

Debra Liang-Fenton, facilitator
Senior Program Officer, Center for Applied Conflict Transformation, USIP

PeaceCon 2018 - Synthesizing and Modeling the Science on Sustaining Peace

PeaceCon 2018 - Synthesizing and Modeling the Science on Sustaining Peace

October 25, 2018

Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik
Director of Learning & Evaluation, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Michael Findley
Professor of Government and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Lise Morjé Howard
Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University

Renard Sexton
Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University and International Crisis Group

Rebecca Wolfe
Director of Evidence & Influence, Mercy Corps


PeaceCon 2018 - What Do We Know About Conflict

PeaceCon 2018 - What Do We Know About Conflict

October 25, 2018

Maciej Bartkowski
PhD, John Hopkins University

Sarah Mendelson
Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Head of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University

Dmytro Potekhin
Founder and CEO,

Moderator: Charles North
Senior Advisor, Ukraine, U.S. Institute of Peace

PeaceCon 2018 - A Call for Collaborative and Collective Action

PeaceCon 2018 - A Call for Collaborative and Collective Action

October 25, 2018

PeaceCon Welcome and Keynote Address:

Ambassador Bill Taylor
Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Liz HumeVice
President, and Acting CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Robert Burke
Chairman, Alliance for Peacebuilding

General Anthony Zinni
U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Thomas Staal
Counselor, USAID, Keynote


Global Policy Frameworks on Sustaining Peace - A Call for Collaborative and Collective Action:

Larry Attree
Head of Policy, Saferworld

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

Darynell Rodriguez Torres
Executive Director, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

David Steven
Associate Director, Center on International Cooperation, New York University

Katy Thompson
Team Leader – Conflict Prevention/Rule of Law, Justice, Security & Human Rights, Bureau for Programme and Policy Support, United Nations Development Programme

Moderator: Gary Milante,
Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s Peace and Development Programme


How Can Peacemakers Show Success?

How Can Peacemakers Show Success?

October 25, 2018

Peacebuilding work matters, but we still struggle to show evidence of where interventions have led to positive outcomes, such as a clear reduction in violence or increased cooperation. The Peacebuilding M&E Solutions Forum is an opportunity for practitioners to come together, network and connect with people working in this space, and share best practices, lessons learned, results, and evidence from across the broad spectrum of M&E activities on peacebuilding programming. This event is co-hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.


Amb. William Taylor
Executive Vice President, USIP

Keith B. Ives
CEO, Causal Design

Jon Kurtz
Director of Research and Learning, Mercy Corps

David Hammond
Director of Research, Institute for Economics and Peace

Andrew Blum
Executive Director, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Beza Tesfaye
Senior Researcher, Mercy Corps

Breaking Rules to Build Peace

Breaking Rules to Build Peace

October 22, 2018

Why do peacebuilders sometimes succeed and sometimes fail, even within the same country? Why can organizations not guarantee the same results from the same policies? In her newly published book, Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding, Susanna Campbell dives into why peacebuilding organizations often fail and presents one of the keys to success: local actors that force organizations to stay accountable to local peacebuilding goals.

Susanna Campbell
Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Michael Barnett
Professor, International Affairs and Political Science, The George Washington University

Mike Jobbins
Senior Director of Partnerships and Engagement, Search for Common Ground

Kate Somvongsiri
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Leanne Erdberg, moderator
Director, Countering Violent Extremism, The U.S. Institute of Peace

Civil Resistance and Democratization

Civil Resistance and Democratization

October 10, 2018

A groundbreaking new monograph, “When Civil Resistance Succeeds: Building Democracy After Popular Nonviolent Uprisings,” by Jonathan Pinckney,  demonstrates that nonviolent movements make democratic transitions more likely and lead to stronger democracies. The U.S. Institute of Peace and ICNC hosted a presentation by Dr. Pinckney followed by a panel discussion. The event provided key takeaways for activists and organizers, democratization experts, as well as external actors interested in supporting nonviolent movements, particularly prior to and during democratic transition.

Pakistan’s New Government: Change or Continuity in Foreign Policy?

Pakistan’s New Government: Change or Continuity in Foreign Policy?

October 4, 2018

As the new Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government settles into its second month in office, it has yet to publicly articulate a comprehensive vision for its foreign policy. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has promised that Pakistan’s foreign policy will “begin and end at Pakistan,” but many questions remain on how the government intends to implement this vision.

At an initial meeting in Islamabad earlier in September, Secretary Pompeo expressed a desire to find common ground between the two countries, but also reiterated the United States has “real expectations” for the new government.

In recent months, the U.S. government has also moved to prioritize a peace process in Afghanistan, historically a major source of contention between the United States and Pakistan. How can we expect Pakistan’s new government to respond?


Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
Islamic Republic of Pakistan

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