Events at USIP
Incorporating Religious Sensitivity in Trauma Healing for Displaced Persons

Incorporating Religious Sensitivity in Trauma Healing for Displaced Persons

October 22, 2021

As part of this year’s World Mental Health Day, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Religious Freedom’s Strategic Religious Engagement Unit hosted a discussion on religion, MHPSS and migration. The conversation drew on findings from USIP’s initiative on Religious and Psychosocial Support for Displaced Trauma Survivors, which has identified specific ways in which faith-sensitive mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) can increase the effectiveness of trauma healing interventions for migrants and refugees. Panelists offered insight on actions that can be implemented in current efforts to assist migrants from highly religious contexts and to improve the quality of and accessibility to MHPSS to facilitate integration and reconciliation.

Speakers

Palwasha Kakaropening remarks 
Interim Director, Religion and Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute of Peace

Dan Nadelopening remarks
Senior Department Official, Office of International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State 

Dr. Alastair Ager
Director, Institute of Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
Principal Investigator, Refugee Hosts; Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies, University College London

Dr. Wilson López López 
Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana 

Cristal Palacios 
Founder and Director, Psicodiáspora

Camilo Ramirez Parra  
Country Director, HIAS Colombia

Nida Ansarimoderator
Policy Advisor, Strategic Religious Engagement, U.S. Department of State 

Andres Martinez Garciamoderator 
Program Manager, Religion and Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute of Peace

Jerry Whiteclosing remarks 
Award-Winning Humanitarian Activist and Professor of Practice, University of Virginia 

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/incorporating-religious-sensitivity-trauma-healing-displaced-persons

 

2021 Women Building Peace Award Ceremony

2021 Women Building Peace Award Ceremony

October 21, 2021

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) Women Building Peace Award, now in its second year, celebrates extraordinary women from conflict-affected and fragile regions working to build peace. On October 20, we honored these heroic finalists and announced the recipient of the award. In addition to honoring the awardee and all the finalists, this year USIP paid special tribute to all Afghan women.

Speakers

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

Kamissa Camara
Senior Visiting Expert for the Sahel, U.S. Institute of Peace

Nancy LindborgWomen Building Peace Council Honorary Chair
President and CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Megan BeyerWomen Building Peace Council Co-Chair
Principal, Megan C Beyer Associates

Marcia Myers CarlucciWomen Building Peace Council Co-Chair
Chair, Board of Trustees at National Museum of Women in the Arts

Nelufar Hedayat
Journalist, Filmmaker

Michelle Howard
U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.)

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/2021-women-building-peace-award-ceremony

 

A Conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Youth Leaders on Compassion, Education and Equality: Session 2

A Conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Youth Leaders on Compassion, Education and Equality: Session 2

October 15, 2021

For four years, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has met with youth leaders from conflict-affected regions for an intergenerational exchange at his compound in Dharamsala, India through the Generation Change Fellows Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In Session 2 on October 14, they spoke about education for the heart and mind.

Speakers

  • Lise Grandewelcoming remarks 
    President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Sharing of Stories and Q&A with USIP Generation Change Fellows

  • Lise Grandemoderator    
  • Sophia Santi 
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, Venezuela 
  • Tania Rosas
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, Colombia
  • Nicholas Songora
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, Kenya
  • Faten Khalfallah
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, Tunisia

Discussion on Impact

  • Soukaina Hamia 
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, Morocco

Closing Remarks 

  • Lise Grande

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/conversation-his-holiness-dalai-lama-and-youth-leaders-compassion-education-and-equality

 

 

A Conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Youth Leaders on Compassion, Education and Equality: Session 1

A Conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Youth Leaders on Compassion, Education and Equality: Session 1

October 15, 2021

For four years, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has met with youth leaders from conflict-affected regions for an intergenerational exchange at his compound in Dharamsala, India through the Generation Change Fellows Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In Session 1 on October 13, they spoke about gender equality.

Speakers

  • Lise Grandewelcoming remarks 
    President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Sharing of Stories and Q&A with USIP Generation Change Fellows

  • Lise Grandemoderator            
  • Nyachangkuoth Rambang Tai
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, South Sudan 
  • Ashar Omer 
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, Afghanistan
  • Mithila Hore
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, Bangladesh
  • Muqimi Muborak 
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, Tajikistan 

Discussion on Impact

  • Gharsanay Amin
    USIP Generation Change Fellow, Afghanistan

Closing Remarks 

  • Lise Grande

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/conversation-his-holiness-dalai-lama-and-youth-leaders-compassion-education-and-equality

 

The 30th Anniversary of Cambodia’s Paris Peace Agreements

The 30th Anniversary of Cambodia’s Paris Peace Agreements

October 14, 2021

October 23 marks 30 years since the Paris Peace Agreements (PPA) formally ended the Cambodian civil war. USIP and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) hosted a discussion on October 14 that reflected on the principles of the agreements, the extent to which signatories have adhered to them and the continued relevance of the agreements today.

Speakers

Ariel Eckbladremarks 
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State.

H.E. Chum Sounry
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Cambodia

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

Craig Etcheson
Visiting Scientist, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

Caroline Hughes
Associate Dean for Policy & Practice; Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Chair in Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Aizawa Nobuhiro
Associate Professor, Kyushu University

Sorpong Peou
Professor, Ryerson University

Chak Sopheap
Executive Director, Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)

Andrew Wells-Dangmoderator
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/30th-anniversary-cambodias-paris-peace-agreements

 

Pakistan’s Economic Future

Pakistan’s Economic Future

October 14, 2021

As Pakistani leaders meet with the International Monetary Fund, Pakistan continues to make the case for a new era of relations with the United States based on geoeconomics. On October 13, USIP hosted a conversation with Pakistani Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin on the country’s economic future, efforts to pivot to a geoeconomic relationship with the United States, and the impact of Afghanistan’s crisis on regional stability.

Speakers

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

Shaukat Tarin
Federal Minster of Financial and Revenue Affairs, Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Dr. Peter Lavoymoderator
Former Senior Director for South Asia, National Security Council

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/pakistans-economic-future

 

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