Events at USIP
Beyond AUKUS and the Quad: What’s Next for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

Beyond AUKUS and the Quad: What’s Next for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy

November 19, 2021

The Biden administration has focused considerable attention on the Indo-Pacific region, declaring it central to advancing a range of U.S. economic, political and security interests. The Quad grouping held its first ever in-person Leaders’ Summit in September. And that same month, the Australia-United Kingdom-United States agreement opened the door to sharing sensitive defense technologies with Australia. On November 19, USIP held a special event with U.S. National Security Council Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, Dr. Kurt Campbell, about the AUKUS partnership, the Quad’s development, and next steps for U.S. Indo-Pacific policy in the aftermath of the Biden-Xi virtual summit.

Keynote

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

Dr. Kurt Campbellkeynote remarks
Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, U.S. National Security Council 

Stephen J. Hadleymoderator
Former Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/beyond-aukus-and-quad-whats-next-us-indo-pacific-strategy

 

Racially and Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism: Global Trends and Dynamics

Racially and Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism: Global Trends and Dynamics

November 17, 2021

Attention to racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism (REMVE) and far-right extremism around the globe has increased significantly over the past few years as white supremacist and REMVE-motivated attacks and rhetoric have proliferated. As a part of RESOLVE’s sixth annual Global Forum Series, the RESOLVE Network held a virtual conversation on November 16 about REMVE trends and activities in lesser discussed contexts. This discussion explored manifestations of REMVE movements and ideologies in Australia and India, focusing on their similarities and differences, transnational links, narratives, and overall implications for efforts to address threats posed by their activities.

Speakers

Alastair Reedopening remarks
Senior Expert and Executive Director, RESOLVE Network

Amarnath Amarasingam
Assistant Professor, School of Religion, Queen’s University; Member, RESOLVE Research Advisory Council

Julian Droogan 
Senior Lecturer, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

Lise Waldek
Lecturer, Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University; Member, Executive Committee for the Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism Research Network

Cynthia Miller-Idrissmoderator/chair
Professor, American University
Director, Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab at American University

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/racially-and-ethnically-motivated-violent-extremism-remve-global-trends-and-dynamics

 

Libyan General Elections 2021: Discussion Series with Libyan Leaders - A Conversation with Fadel Lamen

Libyan General Elections 2021: Discussion Series with Libyan Leaders - A Conversation with Fadel Lamen

November 17, 2021

On November 2, USIP held the second in a series of public discussions with Libyan leaders connected to the elections scheduled in the coming months. These events will dive into complex questions regarding efforts to prevent electoral violence, the electoral process itself and leaders’ visions for restoring peace and stability in Libya. This second event featured Fadel Lamen, who most recently served as director-general of the Libyan National Economic and Social Development Board. He is the founder of Afaak Al-Watan, a new Libyan political party with a future-focused agenda aiming to empower youth and women as critical contributors. Lamen is also an architect of the Libyan Political Agreement, which is currently governing Libya’s transition under U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Speakers

Fadel Lamen
Founder, Afaak Al-Watan

Mike Yaffe, moderator
Vice President, Middle East and North Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/libyan-general-elections-2021-discussion-series-libyan-leaders-0

 

Celebrating 21 Years of UNSCR 1325

Celebrating 21 Years of UNSCR 1325

November 9, 2021

Twenty-one years ago, the United Nations unanimously adopted U.N. Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, which requires parties to a conflict to ensure the protection of women and girls as well as the full and meaningful participation of women and girls in conflict resolution. On November 9, USIP and the State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues co-hosted a discussion on the progress made on women, peace and security issues and a look forward to the years ahead.

Speakers

Katrina Fotovatmoderator
Senior Official, Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State

Ambassador Nancy Soderberg
Senior Resident Director for Kosovo, NDI
Former Alternate Representative to the United Nations 

Susan Stigant, welcoming remarks
Director, Africa Programs, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace 

Mari Traore
Project Officer, Women Preventing Violent Extremism, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/celebrating-21-years-unscr-1325

 

Now Comes the Hard Part: Can the Taliban Govern Afghanistan?

Now Comes the Hard Part: Can the Taliban Govern Afghanistan?

November 5, 2021

For the Taliban, it seems that defeating the Afghan military and overthrowing the elected government as U.S. troops departed was the easy part. Now, the insurgency faces the daunting challenge of governing a weak and divided country. On November 4, USIP hosted a discussion with Afghanistan experts on how the Taliban are likely to respond to internal and external pressure to govern more inclusively as conditions inside Afghanistan worsen, as well as what the United States and the region can do to avoid the worst consequences of failed governance and mitigate a looming disaster.

Speakers

Stephen Brooking
Former Peace Process Special Advisor, U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

Naheed Farid 
Chairperson of House Standing Committee for Human Rights, Civil Society and Women Affairs

Lotfullah Najafizada
Director, TOLO News

Scott Wordenmoderator
Director, Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/now-comes-hard-part-can-taliban-govern-afghanistan

 

Libyan General Elections 2021: Discussion Series with Libyan Leaders - A Conversation with Fathi Bashagha

Libyan General Elections 2021: Discussion Series with Libyan Leaders - A Conversation with Fathi Bashagha

November 5, 2021

On October 27, USIP held the first in a series of public discussions with Libyan leaders connected to the elections scheduled in the coming months. These events will dive into complex questions regarding efforts to prevent electoral violence, the electoral process itself and leaders’ visions for restoring peace and stability in Libya. This first discussion featured Fathi Bashagha, who has held several important positions since the 2011 revolution, including as a member of the Libyan Military Council and the Libyan House of Representatives and as minister of interior in the Government of National Accord from 2018-2021. 

Speakers

Fathi Bashagha 
Former Minister of Interior, Government of National Accord, Libya

Mike Yaffemoderator
Vice President, Middle East and North Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/libyan-general-elections-2021-discussion-series-libyan-leaders

 

Taking Stock of U.S. Policy on Ethiopia: A Conversation with Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman

Taking Stock of U.S. Policy on Ethiopia: A Conversation with Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman

November 2, 2021

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has signaled plans to launch a national dialogue and there are other efforts to build a national consensus on the political structure of Ethiopia. However, the country’s polarization — further deepened by the war — has created significant challenges in putting together an inclusive, genuine dialogue. On November 2, USIP hosted Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, for an address to take stock of the Biden-Harris administration’s policy toward Ethiopia and pathways toward halting violence and renewing the promise of reform, peace and prosperity.

Speakers

Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman 
U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa

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

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/taking-stock-us-policy-ethiopia-conversation-ambassador-jeffrey-feltman

 

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