July 31, 2019
With more than 100 million people, Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most important and populous countries. It’s also unusual: Ethiopia is Africa’s only explicitly ethnically federal state. But amid opening political space and historic national reforms, this model of federalism is coming under strain and the country’s broader national stability is being tested. How ethnic federalism endures, or is discarded, will be a critical question for the future peace and prosperity of the country.
Dr. Yohannes Gedamu
Lecturer, Political Science, Georgia Gwinnett College
Dr. Daniel Mains
Associate Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, Oklahoma University
Aly Verjee, moderator
Senior Advisor, Africa Program, U.S. Institute of Peace
July 24, 2019
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan made his first visit to the United States since taking office last year. Immediately following his meeting with President Trump, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted Prime Minister Khan to speak directly on developments in Pakistan and the U.S.-Pakistan relationship at this critical time.
July 9, 2019
With the prospects of U.S.-North Korea working-level negotiations rekindled after President Trump’s recent surprise meeting with Kim Jong Un at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, sanctions relief remains one of the key sticking points. Pyongyang is demanding relief from economic and financial sanctions in exchange for steps toward denuclearization, raising questions for U.S. policymakers about whether and how to roll back the complex regime of U.S. and multilateral sanctions.
USIP hosted this discussion that examined the scope and purposes of the North Korea sanctions regime, considered the constraints and opportunities for providing partial and complete sanctions relief, and provided a comparative look at other such regimes.
Member, U.N. Panel of Experts (Resolution 1874)
Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Blogger, One Free Korea
Program Manager, National Committee on North Korea
Frank Aum, moderator
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace
July 1, 2019
Five years after ISIS’ genocidal campaign in Iraq, Yazidis and other religious minorities are struggling to recover from the trauma of occupation and the heinous crimes committed by the terrorist group. On June 28, USIP partnered with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office to host Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence, to discuss her work to help Iraq recover, the plight of the Yazidi people, and stabilization and resilience in the country.
Dr. Michael Yaffe, welcoming remarks
Vice President, Middle East and Africa Center, United States Institute of Peace
Nadia Murad, keynote speaker
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Founder and President of Nadia’s Initiative, and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking
Ambassador Kelley E. Currie
Office of Global Criminal Justice, Department of State
The Honorable Stanley Kao
Representative of Taiwan
Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia, U.S. Department of State
Sarhang Hamasaeed, moderator
Director, Middle East Programs, United States Institute of Peace