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

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.

Speakers:
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

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.

Speakers:
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

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.

Ending Sexual Violence - From Policy to Practice

Ending Sexual Violence - From Policy to Practice

December 7, 2018

Over the last two decades, policy frameworks like the Women, Peace and Security agenda, provide a valuable platform for advocacy efforts. Yet such approaches do not tackle the underlying issue of gender inequality. As researchers have documented, where there is less gender equality there is less peace. 

The U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted this discussion examining how policies and programs can be shaped to better prevent the use of sexual violence and re-establish secure environments when it does occur. 

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