Events at USIP
A Changing Ethiopia: The Puzzle of Ethiopian Politics

A Changing Ethiopia: The Puzzle of Ethiopian Politics

September 17, 2019

During this crucial period of reform and uncertainty in Ethiopia, join Dr. Terrence Lyons, author of a new book, The Puzzle of Ethiopian Politics, in conversation with the U.S. Institute of Peace, to discuss how the very structures that enabled Ethiopia’s ruling party to overcome the challenges of a war-to-peace transition are the very source of the problems that it faces now.

Forty Years On: What’s Next for U.S.-China Relations?

Forty Years On: What’s Next for U.S.-China Relations?

September 12, 2019

Amid rising tensions over tariffs and more, frank and open discussion about U.S. policy toward China is needed now more than ever. To explore some of the key issues facing the U.S.-China relationship today, USIP will host a conversation with Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), co-chairs of the House U.S.-China Working Group.

A Changing Ethiopia - What is the Legacy of Ethnic Federalism

A Changing Ethiopia - What is the Legacy of Ethnic Federalism

July 31, 2019

With more than 100 million people, Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most important and populous countries. It’s also unusual: Ethiopia is Africa’s only explicitly ethnically federal state. But amid opening political space and historic national reforms, this model of federalism is coming under strain and the country’s broader national stability is being tested. How ethnic federalism endures, or is discarded, will be a critical question for the future peace and prosperity of the country.

Alemayehu Weldemariam

Dr. Yohannes Gedamu
Lecturer, Political Science, Georgia Gwinnett College

Dr. Daniel Mains
Associate Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, Oklahoma University

Aly Verjee, moderator
Senior Advisor, Africa Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

One Year In - A Conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

One Year In - A Conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

July 24, 2019

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan made his first visit to the United States since taking office last year.  Immediately following his meeting with President Trump, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted Prime Minister Khan to speak directly on developments in Pakistan and the U.S.-Pakistan relationship at this critical time.

The North Korea Sanctions Regime a Year After Singapore

The North Korea Sanctions Regime a Year After Singapore

July 9, 2019

With the prospects of U.S.-North Korea working-level negotiations rekindled after President Trump’s recent surprise meeting with Kim Jong Un at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, sanctions relief remains one of the key sticking points. Pyongyang is demanding relief from economic and financial sanctions in exchange for steps toward denuclearization, raising questions for U.S. policymakers about whether and how to roll back the complex regime of U.S. and multilateral sanctions.

USIP hosted this discussion that examined the scope and purposes of the North Korea sanctions regime, considered the constraints and opportunities for providing partial and complete sanctions relief, and provided a comparative look at other such regimes.


Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt
Member, U.N. Panel of Experts (Resolution 1874)

Elizabeth Rosenberg
Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Joshua Stanton
Blogger, One Free Korea

Daniel Wertz
Program Manager, National Committee on North Korea

Frank Aum, moderator
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace

A Conversation with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad

A Conversation with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad

July 1, 2019

Five years after ISIS’ genocidal campaign in Iraq, Yazidis and other religious minorities are struggling to recover from the trauma of occupation and the heinous crimes committed by the terrorist group. On June 28, USIP partnered with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office to host Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence, to discuss her work to help Iraq recover, the plight of the Yazidi people, and stabilization and resilience in the country.

Dr. Michael Yaffe, welcoming remarks
Vice President, Middle East and Africa Center, United States Institute of Peace

Nadia Murad, keynote speaker
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Founder and President of Nadia’s Initiative, and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking

Ambassador Kelley E. Currie
Office of Global Criminal Justice, Department of State

The Honorable Stanley Kao
Representative of Taiwan

Knox Thames
Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia, U.S. Department of State

Sarhang Hamasaeed, moderator
Director, Middle East Programs, United States Institute of Peace

Addressing China’s Economic and Military Coercion in the Indo-Pacific

Addressing China’s Economic and Military Coercion in the Indo-Pacific

June 24, 2019

China continues to develop and invest in its military in the Indo-Pacific and around the world at a startling pace. However, Beijing has also increasingly pursued non-military means of coercion and power projection including infrastructure lending, internal political meddling, and leveraging economic dependence through programs like the Belt and Road Initiative. Along with the escalating geopolitical competition between the United States and China, these initiatives demand a robust and coordinated U.S. response. This response should not only reinforce the United States’ defense posture, but also support enduring interests and values in free and open trade and development, democracy, and human rights.

Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) and Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), members of the House Appropriations Committee, discussed what Congress is doing to address this issue at USIP’s ninth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue.



Rep. Ed Case (D-HI)
U.S. Representative from Hawai’i

Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL)
U.S. Representative from Florida 

Amb. George Moosemoderator
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace

South Sudan’s Stalled Path to Peace

South Sudan’s Stalled Path to Peace

June 19, 2019

In early May, South Sudan’s ruling and opposition parties agreed to extend the pre-transitional period of the South Sudan peace agreement leading to the formation of a unified Government for an additional six months. The extension of this period presents an opportunity to reflect on the progress and challenges to establishing a just peace in the country. South Sudanese citizens are desperate for peace, but many are asking what channels exist to support a meaningful reduction of violence. Between January and March alone, 25,000 people fled the country, adding to the already two million South Sudanese refugees worldwide. Without full implementation of the peace process, national- and local-level conflicts will continue to threaten hard-won development gains and require greater investments in lifesaving humanitarian aid.

This live-streamed discussion examined South Sudan’s peace agreement and the measures required to build peace in the young nation. Experts from USIP, the Enough Project, and Democracy International offered concrete, evidence-based recommendations for how to mitigate conflict, promote peace and advance accountability. Take part in the conversation on Twitter with #USIPSouthSudan


David Acuoth
Founder, Council on South Sudanese-American Relations

Brian Adeba 
Deputy Director of Policy, Enough Project

Mark Ferullo
Senior Advisor, The Sentry

Morgan Simpson
Deputy Director of Programs, Democracy International

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

Third Annual U.S. Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference

Third Annual U.S. Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference

June 13, 2019

The United States Institute of Peace, Embassy of Georgia, and the Heritage Foundation conducted the third annual U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership conference. The conference offered look at how the United States and Georgia can further strengthen the ties between the two nations. It also provided a unique chance for U.S. decision-makers, experts, scholars, and journalists to focus on geopolitical regional trends and challenges, and explore bilateral opportunities from both the regional and international perspective.


Welcoming Remarks, Ms. Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace

Keynote Address, The Honorable Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia


Session 1: Geopolitics and Security: Ensuring Regional Peace and Stability

H.E. David Zalkaliani
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Mr. Michael J. Murphy
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian AffairsDr.

James Jay CarafanoVice President, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and the E.W. Richardson Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Mr. Peter Doran, moderator
President and CEO, Center for European Policy Analysis


Session 2: Trade and Commerce: Regional Hub for Growth

Mr. Alexander Benard
Co-Head of Cerberus Frontier and Senior Managing Director, Cerberus (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Ms. Cynthia Huger
Vice President, Administration and Finance and Agency Head, The Millennium Challenge Corporation

H.E. Natia Turnava
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

Mr. Anthony Kim, moderator
Research Manager and Editor of the Index of Economic Freedom, The Heritage Foundation

After India’s Vote - Prospects for Improved Ties with Pakistan

After India’s Vote - Prospects for Improved Ties with Pakistan

June 6, 2019

India’s just-completed parliamentary elections pose new questions: How will the next government in New Delhi engage Pakistan, and how might Islamabad respond? To share assessments of the likely trajectory of India-Pakistan relations following India’s election and the necessary steps to improve ties, USIP hosted a panel including two USIP senior fellows leading the Institute’s research on the best current options for reducing and resolving the 70-year-old India-Pakistan conflict.

Ambassador Jalil Jilani
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
Former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States

Tara Kartha
Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
Former Director of Indian National Security Council Secretariat

Josh White
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Johnny Walsh, moderator
Senior Program Officer, Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace