Events at USIP
Nuclear Security Policy in an Era of Strategic Competition

Nuclear Security Policy in an Era of Strategic Competition

July 29, 2021

The Congressional Nuclear Security Working Group, co-chaired by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL), is a bipartisan caucus dedicated to facilitating awareness and engagement on the urgent threats posed by the prospect of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The caucus goals include strengthening nuclear safeguards, securing fissile material and preventing the misuse and spread of sensitive nuclear materials and technologies. On July 28, USIP hosted a conversation with Reps. Fortenberry and Foster to explore some of the key issues facing policymakers when it comes to nuclear nonproliferation, maintenance and modernization, and diplomacy in this era of strategic competition.

Speakers

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
U.S. Representative from Nebraska
@JeffFortenberry

Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL)
U.S. Representative from Illinois 
@RepBillFoster

Lise Grandemoderator
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/nuclear-security-policy-era-strategic-competition

 

The Convention on Refugees at 70: A Conversation with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

The Convention on Refugees at 70: A Conversation with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

July 28, 2021

Driven by violent conflict and insecurity, the world is facing a new displacement crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated displacement trends, pushing healthcare infrastructure to the brink and creating dire economic conditions as countries struggle to contain the virus. Meanwhile, climate change uprooted more than 30 million people—the highest figure in a decade. On July 28, USIP hosted U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to reflect on the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention and its critical importance in the current global context. The discussion took stock of the global community’s efforts to protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers under international refugee and humanitarian law and considered how the United States and its network of allies and partners can better protect those rights in a moment of profound global crisis and uncertainty.

Speakers

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Lise Grande
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/convention-refugees-70-conversation-ambassador-linda-thomas-greenfield

China’s Potential Role in Venezuela’s Political and Humanitarian Crisis

China’s Potential Role in Venezuela’s Political and Humanitarian Crisis

July 26, 2021

China-Venezuela relations were strong at the outset of the 21st Century, but there are indications that China may be growing dissatisfied with the status quo. These include failed infrastructure projects, labor disputes, the challenges of navigating oil embargos and, most importantly, Venezuela’s inability to repay billions of dollars in loans from China. These economic interests will most likely be an important consideration as Beijing navigates its possible involvement in resolving the crisis. On July 22, USIP hosted a discussion on the nature of the China-Venezuela relationship, the role China could realistically play in support of a negotiated political settlement and how Washington and Beijing may be able to find common ground on key issues.

Speakers

Keith Mines, opening remarks
Director, Latin America Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

Adriana Erthal Abdenur,
Executive Director, Plataforma CIPÓ (Brazil)

Marialbert Barrios
Deputy, Primero Justicia, National Assembly of Venezuela 

Matthew Ferchen 
Research Fellow, Leiden University

Yuan Mengqi 
Researcher, China-Latin America Issues, Institute for International and Area Studies, Tsinghua University

Joseph Tucker
Senior Expert, Greater Horn of Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

Amb. Thomas A. Shannon Jr., closing remarks
U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 2016-2018

Henry Tugendhat, moderator
Senior Policy Analyst, China, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/chinas-potential-role-venezuelas-political-and-humanitarian-crisis

Africa at the Crossroads: A Conversation with DRC President and AU Chair Félix Tshisekedi and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)

Africa at the Crossroads: A Conversation with DRC President and AU Chair Félix Tshisekedi and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)

July 23, 2021

After being selected as the chair of the African Union this year, President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo set an ambitious agenda for 2021 — ranging from the promotion of African culture to peacebuilding to COVID-19 vaccine distribution. On July 20, USIP hosted a discussion with President Tshisekedi and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, that focused on a range of important issues confronting Africa, including strengthening democracy, human rights, economic growth, COVID vaccine availability and responding to peace and security challenges.

Speakers

Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi 
President of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chair of the African Union  
@Presidence_RDC

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)
U.S. Representative; Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights
@RepKarenBass

Dr. Joseph Sany
Vice President, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace
@Josephsany1

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

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/africa-crossroads-conversation-drc-president-and-au-chair-felix-tshisekedi-and-rep-karen

A (Pandemic) Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher

A (Pandemic) Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher

July 12, 2021

The Peace Teachers Program is rooted in the conviction that educators can be pivotal in bringing issues of international conflict and practical peacebuilding skills into their classrooms, schools and communities. Each school year, USIP selects a cohort of outstanding American middle and high school teachers from different U.S. states to receive education, resources and support to strengthen their teaching of international conflict and peace. On July 8, USIP hosted the 2019-2021 Peace Teachers as they shared their experiences, insights and strategies for engaging new generations in peacebuilding based on their time in the program — including how their own approaches to teaching conflict and peace evolved during this tumultuous period.

Speakers

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

Jill Armstrong
Greenup County High School, Greenup, KY

Sarah Campbell
Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, AK

Katrina Gotschall
O’Neill High School, O’Neill, NE

Emily Philpott
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Ridgeland, MS

Megan Chabalowski
Senior Outreach Officer, Public Education, U.S. Institute of Peace

Joanne Leedom-Ackermanmoderator
Novelist, Short Story Writer and Journalist; Member, International Advisory Council, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/pandemic-year-life-peace-teacher

The Next Chapter in U.S.-Pakistan Relations

The Next Chapter in U.S.-Pakistan Relations

July 9, 2021

On July 7, USIP hosted Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, to discuss Pakistan’s responses to recent developments in Afghanistan, the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations and emerging regional security challenges in South Asia.

Speakers

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

H.E. Dr. Asad Majeed Khan
Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States 

Ambassador Richard Olsonmoderator
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/next-chapter-us-pakistan-relations

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