Events at USIP
People Power in a Pandemic

People Power in a Pandemic

May 22, 2020

USIP brought together activists and peacebuilders from South Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela for a discussion on how nonviolent movements are confronting and adjusting to their new operating environments, how they are spreading awareness about the virus and safety measures in their communities, and how they envision the post-coronavirus era in their societies.  

The panelists shared how they are maintaining resilience against repression and using opportunities created by the pandemic to advance their demands for peace and justice. The discussion also included external actors offering insights into how international donors can provide support to grassroots groups and movements in ways that help them to respond flexibly to their changing environments and to better meet the needs of their communities. 
 

Pakistan’s Coronavirus Crisis: Provincial Perspectives

Pakistan’s Coronavirus Crisis: Provincial Perspectives

May 15, 2020

USIP convened observers from all four of Pakistan's provinces to discuss each province’s on-the-ground situation related to the Coronavirus pandemic, the various provincial government responses, and what we can expect to see in the coming months.

Conflict and the Pandemic: Tackling COVID-19 in Fragile Settings

Conflict and the Pandemic: Tackling COVID-19 in Fragile Settings

May 15, 2020

USIP and the World Bank Group examined international efforts to respond to the first- and second-order impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in fragile states. Panelists drew lessons from other recent outbreaks to consider what works in tackling pandemics on the ground in FCV settings, as well as how actors can work together to ensure responses to the COVID-19 crisis do not exacerbate existing drivers of fragility. Additionally, the panel examined how to manage long-term social and economic consequences, including how the COVID-19 response can help lay the foundation for strengthened governance and more effective institutions.

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China’s Impact on Conflict Dynamics in the Red Sea Arena

China’s Impact on Conflict Dynamics in the Red Sea Arena

May 1, 2020

USIP and members of the China-Red Sea Arena Senior Study Group hosted an in-depth look at their new report, featuring discussions on how China’s growing presence has brought infrastructure and economic opportunities to the region, while raising concerns about the sustainability, transparency, and long-term impacts of its engagement on countries in the Horn and the Gulf. The panel discussed recommendations advanced in the report on how Washington should respond to Beijing’s growing economic, diplomatic, and military footprint in the Red Sea arena, and addressed possibilities for cooperation in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

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