Events at USIP
A ‘Faith for Rights‘ Approach to Promoting Sustainable Peace

A ‘Faith for Rights‘ Approach to Promoting Sustainable Peace

December 16, 2021

The #Faith4Rights Toolkit from the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) offers a way for religious actors, policymakers and practitioners to explore the links between human rights and peacebuilding, serving as a practical guide for engaging in human rights promotion in a variety of environments. On December 16, USIP and OHCHR hosted a conversation about religious actors’ support for human rights promotion, the #Faith4Rights Toolkit, and how the intersection of religion and human rights can help inform sustainable peace.

Speakers

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

Ibrahim Salamaopening remarks 
Chief, Human Rights Treaties Branch, OHCHR 

Mostafa Betaree
Director of Spotlight Team International Art and former OHCHR Minority Fellow 

Mounir Elkadery Boudshish
President of the Foundation Al-Moultaqa and director of the international Sufi forum

Nosy Ramamonjisoa 
Human Rights Treaties Branch, OHCHR 

Knox Thames
Senior Visiting Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace 

Melissa Nozellmoderator 
Program Officer, Religion and Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute Peace 

Michael Wienermoderator 
Rule of Law, Equality and Non-discrimination Branch, OHCHR

Ibrahim Salamaclosing remarks
Chief, Human Rights Treaties Branch, OHCHR

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/faith-rights-approach-promoting-sustainable-peace

 

Youth, Peace and Security in Southeast Asia

Youth, Peace and Security in Southeast Asia

December 16, 2021

On December 15, USIP held a discussion with leading experts that explored the current efforts to develop national action plans on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) in Southeast Asia and identified key lessons for implementing the YPS agenda in the region.

Speakers

Theophilus Ekpon
Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa 

Bill Flens
Director of Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State 

Brian Harding
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace

Jenni Kilpi
Junior Advisor, Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN

Vanessa Vianco S. Pallarco
Director for Social Healing and Peacebuilding, Department of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Philippines

Paula Porras
Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace

Saji Prelis
Co-Chair of the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security

Karla Rodulfo 
Project Officer and Deputy Director, Youth, Peace and Security Division, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Mridul Upadhaymoderator
U.S. Institute of Peace Generation Change Fellow

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/youth-peace-and-security-southeast-asia

 

Does Community Policing Build Trust in Police and Reduce Crime?

Does Community Policing Build Trust in Police and Reduce Crime?

December 15, 2021

The Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) network has released the findings from its latest Metaketa research study, which examines the question: Does community policing build trust in police and reduce crime? It combines the results of field studies on locally-appropriate community policing practices in Brazil, Colombia, Liberia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Uganda. On December 14, USIP hosted security sector experts and practitioners for an in-depth look at EGAP’s Metaketa results — as well as a discussion on how we can use these important findings to help shape the future of community policing.

Speakers

Presenters

Graeme Blair
Assistant Professor, University of California Los Angeles

Dorothy Kronick
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania 

Nico Ravanilla
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California San Diego

Zulfiqar Hameed
Additional Inspector General of Police Operations, Punjab Police 

Panelists

Ena Dion
Senior Program Officer, Justice and Security Dialogues, U.S. Institute of Peace 

Sandra Pabon
Senior Program Director, Citizen Security Dialogues, U.S. Institute of Peace 

‘Kemi Okenyodo
Executive Director, Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative

Joseph Hewittmoderator
Vice President of Policy, Learning, and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/does-community-policing-build-trust-police-and-reduce-crime

 

Bolivia’s Search for Justice and Reconciliation

Bolivia’s Search for Justice and Reconciliation

December 14, 2021

Bolivia’s October 2019 national elections convulsed the country as fraud allegations triggered widespread protests and social conflict. On December 13, USIP and WOLA held an in-depth discussion of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts’ findings and an examination of how the GIEI’s recommendations can promote the kind of accountability, healing and common understanding across Bolivia’s political and identity divides that could ultimately prevent the repetition of the conflict, violence and human rights violations that marked the country’s 2019 electoral crisis.

Speakers

Steve Hegeintroductory remarks
Deputy Regional Director for Latin America, U.S. Institute of Peace

Juan Mendez
Former Member, GIEI; Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, Washington College of Law, American University

Patricia Tappatá Valdez
Former Member, GIEI
Member, Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Jaime Vidal
Former Executive Secretary, GIEI; Coordinator, Follow-Up and Impact Section, IACHR

Senator Patricia Arce
First Secretary, Justice Commission, Senate of Bolivia

Eduardo Rodriguez Velzté
Former Interim President of Bolivia 

Alejandro Bilbao La Vieja
Chargé d’Affaires, of the Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the US 

Kathryn Ledeburmoderator 
Director, Andean Information Network 

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/bolivias-search-justice-and-reconciliation

 

From Stabilization to Prevention: Changing the U.S. Strategy on Violent Conflict

From Stabilization to Prevention: Changing the U.S. Strategy on Violent Conflict

December 10, 2021

On December 10, USIP hosted Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) and Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), both members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, for a conversation on how they are elevating the role of conflict prevention in U.S. foreign policy and ensuring that lessons from past U.S. stabilization missions are incorporated into future planning. They also discussed how their past international experiences and current work in Congress are advancing U.S. interests in peace and security.

Speakers

Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA)
U.S. Representative from California
@RepSaraJacobs

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI)
U.S. Representative from Michigan 
@RepMeijer

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

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/stabilization-prevention-changing-us-strategy-violent-conflict

 

Libyan General Elections 2021: Discussion Series with Libyan Leaders - A Conversation with Abdul Majeed Saif Al-Nasr

Libyan General Elections 2021: Discussion Series with Libyan Leaders - A Conversation with Abdul Majeed Saif Al-Nasr

December 9, 2021

On December 9, USIP held the fourth in a series of public discussions with Libyan leaders connected to the elections scheduled in the coming months. This fourth event featured Abdul Majeed Saif Al-Nasr. Born in Sebha in 1957, he is former member of the National Transitional Council and former Libyan ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco (2014-2018). He was recently endorsed by the House of Representatives as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Morocco and the Maghreb region.

Speakers

Mr. Abdul Majeed Saif Al-Nasr  
Former diplomat and Libyan politician

Dr. 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-2

 

The Shocking Rise in Coups - Day 2: Myanmar

The Shocking Rise in Coups - Day 2: Myanmar

December 9, 2021

As the Biden administration commits to revitalizing global democracy, the shocking rise in the number of recent coups demands an urgent response from the United States and its allies and partners. On December 7 and 8, ahead of the Biden administration’s Summit for Democracy, USIP held a two-part event that examined the dynamics driving four of the seven coups and coup attempts that we’ve seen over the past two years. Day 2 featured a discussion on Myanmar.

Speakers

Billy Ford, moderator
Program Officer, Myanmar, U.S. Institute of Peace

Khin Ohmar
Human Right Activist; Founder, Progressive Voice

Sai Kyaw Nyunt
General Secretary, Shan National League for Democracy

Myat The Thitsar
Researcher, University of Massachusetts

Gum San
Spokesperson, Kachin Political Interim Coordination Team

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/shocking-rise-coups-day-2

 

The Shocking Rise in Coups - Day 2: Guinea-Conakry

The Shocking Rise in Coups - Day 2: Guinea-Conakry

December 9, 2021

As the Biden administration commits to revitalizing global democracy, the shocking rise in the number of recent coups demands an urgent response from the United States and its allies and partners. On December 7 and 8, ahead of the Biden administration’s Summit for Democracy, USIP held a two-part event that examined the dynamics driving four of the seven coups and coup attempts that we’ve seen over the past two years. Day 2 featured a discussion on Guinea-Conakry.

Speakers

Oge Onubogumoderator
Director, West Africa Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

Alexis Arieff  
Specialist in African Affairs, Congressional Research Services

Ibrahima Niang 
Regional Advocacy  Manager, Open Society Institute West Africa  

Christopher Fomunyoh  
Senior associate and regional director for Central and West Africa, National Democratic Institute

Joseph Siegle
Director of Research, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University 

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/shocking-rise-coups-day-2

 

Safeguarding Democracy in West Africa

Safeguarding Democracy in West Africa

December 9, 2021

On December 7, USIP and the National Endowment for Democracy held a virtual discussion on safeguarding democracy in West Africa through youth-led movements. Youth activists from Nigeria, Togo and Guinea shared their thoughts on the frustrations driving protests and new models for democratic activism.

Speakers

DJ Switch (Obianuju Catherine Udeh)
Award-Winning Nigerian Musician and Activist; Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy 

Senami Kojah
Award-Winning Nigerian Investigative Journalist; Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy 

Farida Nabourema
Togolese Human Rights Activist and Writer; Jennings Randolph Senior Research Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace

Ibrahima Diallo 
Coordinator, Tournons La Page-Guinea; Head of Operations for the National Front for the Defense of the Guinean Constitution

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

Zachariah Mampilly 
Marxe Endowed Chair of International Affairs, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, CUNY

Oge Onubogumoderator
Director, West Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/safeguarding-democracy-west-africa

 

The Shocking Rise in Coups - Day 1: Mali

The Shocking Rise in Coups - Day 1: Mali

December 8, 2021

As the Biden administration commits to revitalizing global democracy, the shocking rise in the number of recent coups demands an urgent response from the United States and its allies and partners. On December 7 and 8, ahead of the Biden administration’s Summit for Democracy, USIP held a two-part event that examined the dynamics driving four of the seven coups and coup attempts that we’ve seen over the past two years. Day 1 featured a discussion on Mali.

Speakers

Ena Dionmoderator
Senior Program Officer on Governance, Justice and Security, U.S. Institute of Peace

Ambassador J. Peter Pham
Distinguished Fellow, Africa Center, Atlantic Council; Former United States Special Envoy for the Sahel Region

Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim
Consulting Senior Analyst on the Sahel, International Crisis Group

Mariam Diallo Drame
President, Association Femmes Leadership et Développement Durable (AFLED)

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/shocking-rise-coups-day-1

 

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