Events at USIP
Will Iraq’s New Parliament Bring Change

Will Iraq’s New Parliament Bring Change

March 29, 2019

As Iraq’s new parliament and government come to power, fresh leadership presents Iraq with the opportunity to overcome these obstacles and make progress by developing its economy, increasing security, and strengthening governance and social services.

On March 29, we spoke with Iraq’s new speaker of the Council of Representatives, Mohammed al-Halbousi, about the newly formed parliament’s priorities, the ongoing battle against violent extremism, and his vision for peace and stability.

Speakers:
Nancy Lindborg
President, U.S. Institute of Peace

His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Al-Halbousi
Speaker, Council of Representatives, Republic of Iraq

Overcoming War Legacies - Luncheon Conversation

Overcoming War Legacies - Luncheon Conversation

March 27, 2019

The governments of the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, hosted an event examining the transformation from enemies to partners by the two countries since the end of the war in 1975.

Remarks for Luncheon
Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc
Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States

Luncheon Conversation
Honorable Chuck Hagel
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

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

Overcoming War Legacies - Panel 3: The Road Ahead: Building an Enduring Partnership

Overcoming War Legacies - Panel 3: The Road Ahead: Building an Enduring Partnership

March 27, 2019

The governments of the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, hosted an event examining the transformation from enemies to partners by the two countries since the end of the war in 1975.

Remarks
The Honorable John Sullivan
Deputy Secretary of State

Panel - The Road Ahead: Building an Enduring Partnership
Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc
Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States

Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh
Deputy Defense Minister; Permanent Member of Standing Committee 701

W. Patrick Murphy
Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau East Asia and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Tim Rieser
Foreign Policy Aide, Senator Patrick Leahy

Elizabeth Becker
Former New York Times correspondent and author of “When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution”

Ambassador William Taylor (Ret.), moderator
Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Overcoming War Legacies - Panel 2: Healing from the Destruction of War

Overcoming War Legacies - Panel 2: Healing from the Destruction of War

March 27, 2019

The governments of the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, hosted an event examining the transformation from enemies to partners by the two countries since the end of the war in 1975.

Remarks
Honorable Bonnie Glick
Deputy Administrator, USAID

Panel - Healing from the Destruction of War
Minh Huu Doan
Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Vietnam

Thao Griffiths
Policy Advisor, Chairman of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Former Country Director Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation

Christopher Abrams
Director, Environment and Social Development Office, USAID/Vietnam

Colonel Than Thanh Cong
Director, Office 701

Jerry Guilbert
Chief of Programs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, U.S. Department of State

Charles R. Bailey, moderator
Co-author, “From Enemies to Partners: Vietnam, the U.S. and Agent Orange”
Former Director of Agent Orange programs at Ford Foundation & Aspen Institute

 

Overcoming War Legacies - Panel 1: Foundations of US-Vietnamese Post-War Partnership

Overcoming War Legacies - Panel 1: Foundations of US-Vietnamese Post-War Partnership

March 27, 2019

The governments of the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, hosted an event examining the transformation from enemies to partners by the two countries since the end of the war in 1975. 

 

Agenda:

Welcome Remarks:
Honorable Nancy Lindborg
President, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

Remarks on Behalf of the Government of Vietnam:
Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh
Deputy Defense Minister; Permanent Member of Standing Committee 701

 

Remarks by Senior U.S. Department of Defense Official:
Dr. Joseph H. Felter
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia

 

Remarks:
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
U.S. Senator, Vermont

 

Panel: Foundations of US-Vietnamese Post-War Partnership:
Kelly McKeague
Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Nguyen Huu Luong
MIA Agency Director, Ministry of Defense
Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh
Former Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States

Robert Destatte
Vietnam Analyst, Defense Intelligence Agency

Fred Downs
Former National Director, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service

Ambassador, Charles Ray (Ret.), moderator
Former Consul General, Ho Chi Minh City

 

Women Leading Nonviolent Movements

Women Leading Nonviolent Movements

March 22, 2019

To celebrate National Women’s History Month, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the 2020 One Woman, One Vote Festival hosted an intergenerational discussion among women nonviolent activists.

Speakers:
Scovia Arinaitwe
Team Leader, Rhizing Women Uganda

Mariam Jalabi
Founding Member, Syrian Nonviolence Movement

Isabella Picón
Founding Member, LaboCiudadano - Venezuela

Judy Richardson
Producer of “Eyes on the Prize”

Marie Berry, moderator
University of Denver

Kathleen Kuehnast, moderator
Director, Gender Policy and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace

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

Crimea After 5 Years of Russian Occupation

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.

Speakers:
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

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.

Speakers:
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

#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.

Speakers:

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

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.

Speakers:
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

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