Events at USIP
Nonviolent Action and Civil War Peace Processes

Nonviolent Action and Civil War Peace Processes

March 31, 2021

To better understand the intersections of nonviolent action and peacebuilding processes, USIP convened experts for the second in a series of four events on people power, peace, and democracy. The event series highlights multiple groundbreaking research projects and feature insights from activists and international practitioners and policymakers to provide viewers with actionable takeaways.  

This event presented new research from USIP that explores effective strategies for civilian nonviolent action amid civil war and offers lessons learned for activists working to achieve their goals in conflict-affected environments — as well as for policymakers and donors to aid peace processes and achieve sustainable peace. 

Panelists

Jonathan Pinckneymoderator 
Senior Researcher, Nonviolent Action, U.S. Institute of Peace  

Jacob Bul Bior 
Cofounder and Media Coordinator, Anataban Arts Initiative 

Luke Abbs 
Researcher, BLG Data Research Centre, University of Essex

Esra Cuhadar 
Senior Expert, Dialogue and Peace Processes, U.S. Institute of Peace

Marina Petrova 
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Università Bocconi 

Waheed Zaheer 
Journalist and Peacebuilding Trainer

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/nonviolent-action-and-civil-war-peace-processes

Empowered Women Help Create a More Peaceful World

Empowered Women Help Create a More Peaceful World

March 31, 2021

USIP and the Department of Defense hosted a discussion on the military’s progress and commitment to implementing the WPS agenda in their operations. To inform and strengthen engagement between the U.S. government and civil society organizations, the discussion also included key questions from the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on WPS (USCSWG).

 

Speakers:
Lise Grande, welcoming remarks
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Kathleen H. Hicks
Deputy Secretary of Defense 

Admiral Craig S. Faller
Commander, United States Southern Command, U.S. Department of Defense

Lieutenant General Thomas A. Bussiere
Deputy Commander, United States Strategic Command, U.S. Department of Defense

Lieutenant General Michael A. Minihan
Deputy Commander, United States Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Department of Defense

Ambassador Andrew Young
Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command, U.S. Department of State

Brigadier General Rebecca J. Sonkiss
Deputy Director for Counter Threats and International Cooperation on the Joint Staff, J5, U.S. Department of Defense 

Valerie Hudson
Distinguished Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair, Texas A&M University

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

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/empowered-women-help-create-more-peaceful-world

Peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula: U.S. and European Perspectives

Peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula: U.S. and European Perspectives

March 25, 2021

On March 23, USIP and the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance convened a panel discussion looking at U.S. and European perspectives on achieving peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula—and whether similar processes in other regions provide any helpful lessons.

 

Speakers:

 

Frank Aum
Senior Expert, North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace

Tongfi Kim
Senior Researcher, KF-VUB Korea Chair, Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, Brussels School of Governance

Linde Desmaele 
PhD Researcher, Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, Brussels School of Governance

Joseph Yun
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

Ramon Pacheco Pardomoderator
KF-VUB Korea Chair, Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, Brussels School of Governance

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/peacebuilding-korean-peninsula-us-and-european-perspectives

In a Consequential Year for Iraq, What’s Next?

In a Consequential Year for Iraq, What’s Next?

March 25, 2021

On March 23, USIP hosted a discussion of key developments in Iraq and the outlook for U.S.-Iraq relations under the Biden administration. The panel shared their insights on the Pope’s first-ever visit to Iraq, examined the country’s current challenges, and explored areas where policymakers and the international community can support Iraq.

Speakers

Lise Grandeopening remarks 
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Ambassador Matthew Tueller
Ambassador of the United States to Iraq 

Ambassador Fareed Yasseen 
Ambassador of Iraq to the United States

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States 

Sarhang Hamasaeedmoderator
Director, Middle East Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace 

Fore more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/consequential-year-iraq-whats-next

Can Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Deliver Peace?

Can Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Deliver Peace?

March 19, 2021

On March 18, 2021, USIP and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University hosted a timely discussion on how applying the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion can contribute to more effective U.S. peace and development programs around the world. Panelists considered efforts to meaningfully engage marginalized or underrepresented groups such as women, youth, and social movement actors to support locally driven peacebuilding.

 

Speakers:

Corinne Graffintroductory remarks 
Senior Advisor, Conflict Prevention and Fragility, U.S. Institute of Peace

Susanna Campbell
Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Rosa Emilia Salamanca 
Executive Director, Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE) in Colombia

Jennifer Hawkins
Senior Women, Peace, and Security Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

Joseph Sany
Vice President, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

Pamina Firchowmoderator
Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, Brandeis University 

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/can-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-deliver-peace

Lessons from the Four Party Peace Talks on the Korean Peninsula

Lessons from the Four Party Peace Talks on the Korean Peninsula

March 19, 2021

On March 17, 2021, USIP hosted a discussion on the Four Party Talks, including why the United States decided to propose these talks after 40 years of disengaging from North Korea, why the talks failed, and what lessons these talks may have for future attempts at peace discussions. The event included a panel of three leading Korea experts who served as part of the U.S. delegation during the Four Party Talks.

 

Speakers: 

Frank Aummoderator
Senior Expert, North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace

Robert Carlin 
Nonresident Fellow, Stimson Center; former Chief of the Northeast Asia Division, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Department of State

Philip Yun 
President and Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council of Northern California; former Senior Policy Advisor for the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, Department of State

Chip Gregson 
Senior Advisor, Avascent International; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of Defense

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/lessons-four-party-peace-talks-korean-peninsula

Mediation in Nonviolent Action Campaigns

Mediation in Nonviolent Action Campaigns

March 17, 2021

In part one of our series on People Power, Peace, and Democracy, this event highlighted new research that explores the role of third-party mediation in nonviolent uprisings. The conversation provided key insights for both practitioners and policymakers by focusing on central aspects of mediation processes, such as the strategies of mediators and their relationships with conflicting parties—as well as examining how they can lead to agreements between governments and nonviolent movements.

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/mediation-nonviolent-action-campaigns

Gender Dynamics in Conflict-Affected Middle East and North African Countries

Gender Dynamics in Conflict-Affected Middle East and North African Countries

March 12, 2021

On March 12, USIP and American University in the Emirates hosted a virtual discussion that aimed to better understand gender dynamics in conflict by convening experts in the field and sharing the lessons learned from initiatives that build the resilience of women during war and throughout post-war recovery.

Speakers

Muthanna Abdul Razzaqopening remarks
President and CEO, American University in the Emirates

Dr. Elie Abouaoun
Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

Susan Aref
Director and Founder, Women Empowerment Organization (Iraq)

Mehrinaz El Awady
Director of Gender Justice, Population, and Inclusive Development, U.N. Economics and Social Commission for West Asia 

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

Valentine M. Moghadam
Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Northeastern University

Nahla Yassine-Hamdan
Assistant Professor, College of Security and Global Studies, American University in the Emirates

Lina Beydounmoderator
Director of Development, American University of Cairo (AUC)

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/gender-dynamics-conflict-affected-middle-east-and-north-african-countries

The Voices of South Sudan’s Women

The Voices of South Sudan’s Women

March 11, 2021

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, USIP, Oxfam International, and FEMRITE—the Ugandan Women Writers Association—hosted a discussion about how women’s literary voices can contribute to building a deeper understanding of the impact of conflict in South Sudan and inspire progress toward peace.

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/voices-south-sudans-women 

Note: The audio recording of Birth Water by Bigoa Chuol herein is courtesy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

COVID-19 and Cooperation in Libya

COVID-19 and Cooperation in Libya

March 5, 2021

On March 4, USIP hosted Libya’s ambassador to the United States and Libyan civil society leaders for a look at stories of positive community cooperation during the current crisis—as well as a discussion on how Libyan and international organizations can build off these successes to navigate Libya’s complex conflict and ensure a peaceful future for the country.  

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