Events at USIP
Addressing China’s Economic and Military Coercion in the Indo-Pacific

Addressing China’s Economic and Military Coercion in the Indo-Pacific

June 24, 2019

China continues to develop and invest in its military in the Indo-Pacific and around the world at a startling pace. However, Beijing has also increasingly pursued non-military means of coercion and power projection including infrastructure lending, internal political meddling, and leveraging economic dependence through programs like the Belt and Road Initiative. Along with the escalating geopolitical competition between the United States and China, these initiatives demand a robust and coordinated U.S. response. This response should not only reinforce the United States’ defense posture, but also support enduring interests and values in free and open trade and development, democracy, and human rights.

Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) and Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), members of the House Appropriations Committee, discussed what Congress is doing to address this issue at USIP’s ninth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue.



Rep. Ed Case (D-HI)
U.S. Representative from Hawai’i

Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL)
U.S. Representative from Florida 

Amb. George Moosemoderator
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace

South Sudan’s Stalled Path to Peace

South Sudan’s Stalled Path to Peace

June 19, 2019

In early May, South Sudan’s ruling and opposition parties agreed to extend the pre-transitional period of the South Sudan peace agreement leading to the formation of a unified Government for an additional six months. The extension of this period presents an opportunity to reflect on the progress and challenges to establishing a just peace in the country. South Sudanese citizens are desperate for peace, but many are asking what channels exist to support a meaningful reduction of violence. Between January and March alone, 25,000 people fled the country, adding to the already two million South Sudanese refugees worldwide. Without full implementation of the peace process, national- and local-level conflicts will continue to threaten hard-won development gains and require greater investments in lifesaving humanitarian aid.

This live-streamed discussion examined South Sudan’s peace agreement and the measures required to build peace in the young nation. Experts from USIP, the Enough Project, and Democracy International offered concrete, evidence-based recommendations for how to mitigate conflict, promote peace and advance accountability. Take part in the conversation on Twitter with #USIPSouthSudan


David Acuoth
Founder, Council on South Sudanese-American Relations

Brian Adeba 
Deputy Director of Policy, Enough Project

Mark Ferullo
Senior Advisor, The Sentry

Morgan Simpson
Deputy Director of Programs, Democracy International

Susan Stigant 
Director of Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace 

Third Annual U.S. Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference

Third Annual U.S. Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference

June 13, 2019

The United States Institute of Peace, Embassy of Georgia, and the Heritage Foundation conducted the third annual U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership conference. The conference offered look at how the United States and Georgia can further strengthen the ties between the two nations. It also provided a unique chance for U.S. decision-makers, experts, scholars, and journalists to focus on geopolitical regional trends and challenges, and explore bilateral opportunities from both the regional and international perspective.


Welcoming Remarks, Ms. Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace

Keynote Address, The Honorable Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia


Session 1: Geopolitics and Security: Ensuring Regional Peace and Stability

H.E. David Zalkaliani
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Mr. Michael J. Murphy
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian AffairsDr.

James Jay CarafanoVice President, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and the E.W. Richardson Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Mr. Peter Doran, moderator
President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis


Session 2: Trade and Commerce: Regional Hub for Growth

Mr. Alexander Benard
Co-Head of Cerberus Frontier and Senior Managing Director, Cerberus (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Ms. Cynthia Huger
Vice President, Administration and Finance and Agency Head, The Millennium Challenge Corporation

H.E. Natia Turnava
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

Mr. Anthony Kim, moderator
Research Manager and Editor of the Index of Economic Freedom, The Heritage Foundation

After India’s Vote - Prospects for Improved Ties with Pakistan

After India’s Vote - Prospects for Improved Ties with Pakistan

June 6, 2019

India’s just-completed parliamentary elections pose new questions: How will the next government in New Delhi engage Pakistan, and how might Islamabad respond? To share assessments of the likely trajectory of India-Pakistan relations following India’s election and the necessary steps to improve ties, USIP hosted a panel including two USIP senior fellows leading the Institute’s research on the best current options for reducing and resolving the 70-year-old India-Pakistan conflict.

Ambassador Jalil Jilani
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
Former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States

Tara Kartha
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
Former Director of Indian National Security Council Secretariat

Josh White
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Johnny Walsh, moderator
Senior Program Officer, Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace

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