Events at USIP
Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue - Diplomacy and Development in a Complex Global Landscape

Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue - Diplomacy and Development in a Complex Global Landscape

May 10, 2019

America’s capacity to manage global challenges and advance its interests—amid pandemics, record levels of displacement, terrorism emanating from fragile states and a connected global economy—requires effective use of U.S. national security tools. To meet the challenges posed by the growing influence of China and Russia, U.S. diplomatic and development efforts must evolve and adapt to a complex 21st Century world while ensuring the effectiveness of resources and methods.

Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, will discuss how U.S. diplomacy and development are working to achieve America’s goals and adapt to the changing global landscape at USIP’s eighth Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue

Speakers:
Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA)
U.S. Representative from California

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
U.S. Representative from New York

Nancy Lindborg, moderator
President, U.S. Institute of Peace

China’s Role in North Korea Nuclear and Peace Negotiations

China’s Role in North Korea Nuclear and Peace Negotiations

May 7, 2019

Despite high hopes after the first summit in Singapore, U.S.-North Korea negotiations remain deadlocked after a failed second summit in Hanoi. China, as North Korea’s largest neighbor and main trade partner, has played an important role in previous negotiations and should be encouraged to play a constructive role in moving talks forward. The United States hopes Beijing’s economic and diplomatic leverage with North Korea can help bring Pyongyang back to the negotiation table.

USIP’s China-North Korea Senior Study Group convened over several months to consider how Washington can best engage Beijing to advance progress on denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Speakers:
Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy
Founding Director Emeritus, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
Former U.S. Ambassador to China
Co-chair, USIP China-North Korea Senior Study Group

Ambassador Joseph Yun
Senior Advisor, USIP
Former U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy
Co-chair, USIP China-North Korea Senior Study Group

Daniel Russel
Vice President, International Security and Diplomacy, Asia Society Policy Institute
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Member, USIP China-North Korea Senior Study Group

Ambassador Kathleen Stephens
President, Korea Economic Institute of America
Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea
Member, USIP China-North Korea Senior Study Group

Jennifer Staats
Director, East and Southeast Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
Executive Director, USIP China Senior Study Group Series

After Doha, What’s Next for Afghan Peace Talks?

After Doha, What’s Next for Afghan Peace Talks?

May 6, 2019

A peace process to end the 18-year war has gathered steam, with talks between the U.S. and Taliban appearing to make substantial progress on foreign troop presence and counterterrorism. Negotiations among Afghans on the country’s political future have not begun, however, and last week’s conference in Doha that might have launched these discussions collapsed at the last minute.

During this moment of rapid developments, rare opportunity, and considerable uncertainty, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a distinguished panel of experts examine what’s next for the Afghan peace process.

Speakers:
Scott Worden, welcoming remarks
Director, Afghanistan and Central Asia Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

Belquis Ahmadi
Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace

Jarrett Blanc
Senior Fellow, Geoeconomics and Strategy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Lotfullah Najafizada
Director, TOLOnews TV

Scott Smith
Technical Advisor, Afghanistan, U.S Institute of Peace

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

Instability and Opportunity in North Africa

Instability and Opportunity in North Africa

May 2, 2019

Across North Africa, instability is at its highest level since 2011. In Algeria, President Bouteflika’s resignation was a necessary step to democratization, but it remains to be seen if the political structure can survive protesters’ demands for reform and ensure a peaceful transition of power.

On May 1, USIP hosted a conversation with the Tunisian Minister of Defense Abdelkrim Zbidi, where he discussed the dynamics of North Africa and how the U.S. and Tunisia are working together to promote regional security.

Speakers:
Abdelkrim Zbidi
Minister of Defense, Republic of Tunisia

Thomas Hill
Senior Program Officer, North Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

Michael Yaffe
Vice President, Middle East and Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

China’s Belt and Road Initiative at Year Six

China’s Belt and Road Initiative at Year Six

April 26, 2019

China will host its second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 26-27, two years after hosting its inaugural forum that was attended by dozens of world leaders and put a spotlight on Beijing’s massive signature initiative and its global leadership ambitions.

This conference features two panels: The first discusses cross-regional trends and concerns about BRI, alternatives to the Chinese model of investment and development, and strategies for increasing the sustainability of international development efforts. The second panel examines the on-the-ground impact of BRI in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa and implications for conflict dynamics in these regions.

 

Panel 1: Toward High-Quality Projects: Comparing BRI’s Implementation to Global Standards

Samantha Custer
Director of Policy Analysis, AidData

Scott Morris
Senior Fellow and Director of the U.S. Development Policy Initiative, Center for Global Development

Pauline Muchina
Public Education and Advocacy Coordinator, Africa Region, American Friends Service Committee

Fei Yu
Deputy Representative, North American Representative Office of the Asian Development Bank

Patricia Kim, moderator
Senior Policy Analyst, China Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

 Panel 2: BRI’s Impact on Local and Regional Dynamics: Force for Stability or Driver of Conflict?

Brian Harding
Deputy Director and Fellow, Southeast Asia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Khin Khin Kyaw Kyee
Lead Researcher, Institute for Strategy and Policy – Myanmar

Paul Nantulya
Research Associate, Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Andrew Small
Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Jacob Stokes, moderator
Senior Policy Analyst, China Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

A New Approach to Preventing Extremism in Fragile States - International Prevention Efforts

A New Approach to Preventing Extremism in Fragile States - International Prevention Efforts

April 24, 2019

Congress charged the U.S. Institute of Peace, an independent, bipartisan leader in reducing and preventing conflict, with convening The Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States. The Task Force has developed a proposal for a new cost-effective, evidence-based, and coordinated preventive approach. Modest U.S. investments—if they are strategic, coordinated, well-timed, and sustained—can empower communities over time to better resist extremism on their own and motivate international donors to support this cause.

 

Panelists:

Ambassador Diane Corner
Counsellor of Foreign and Security Policy, British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Martin Dahinden
Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States of America

Habib Mayar
Deputy General Secretary of the g7+

Ulrika Modéer
UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy

Sam Worthington
President and CEO, InterAction

Raj Kumar, moderator
Founding President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

A New Approach to Preventing Extremism in Fragile States - Prioritizing Prevention Across the US Government

A New Approach to Preventing Extremism in Fragile States - Prioritizing Prevention Across the US Government

April 24, 2019

Congress charged the U.S. Institute of Peace, an independent, bipartisan leader in reducing and preventing conflict, with convening The Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States. The Task Force has developed a proposal for a new cost-effective, evidence-based, and coordinated preventive approach. Modest U.S. investments—if they are strategic, coordinated, well-timed, and sustained—can empower communities over time to better resist extremism on their own and motivate international donors to support this cause.

 

Panelists:

Chris Milligan
Counselor, The U.S. Agency for International Development

Denise Natali
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State

Lieutenant General Michael Nagata
Director for Strategic Operational Planning, National Counterterrorism Center

Alina Romanowski
Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, moderator
Senior Fellow for The Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard University

A New Approach to Preventing Extremism in Fragile States - Recommendations of the Task Force

A New Approach to Preventing Extremism in Fragile States - Recommendations of the Task Force

April 24, 2019

Congress charged the U.S. Institute of Peace, an independent, bipartisan leader in reducing and preventing conflict, with convening The Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States. The Task Force has developed a proposal for a new cost-effective, evidence-based, and coordinated preventive approach. Modest U.S. investments—if they are strategic, coordinated, well-timed, and sustained—can empower communities over time to better resist extremism on their own and motivate international donors to support this cause.

Panelists:

Secretary Madeleine Albright
Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group

Stephen J. Hadley
Chair of the Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace

Governor Tom Kean
Co-Chair, Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States

Nancy Lindborg
President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Michael Singh
Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and Managing Director, The Washington Institute

David Ignatius, moderator
Columnist and Author, The Washington Post

Youth - The Missing Peace

Youth - The Missing Peace

April 12, 2019

Long before the 2015 adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, young people were working to prevent violence, transform conflict and build peace in their communities. UNSCR 2250 sought to be a turning point, and its resulting progress study, “The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth and Peace and Security,” updates this outdated narrative and demonstrates young people’s positive role in sustaining peace.

On Thursday, April 11, USIP and the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security held an interactive, intergenerational conversation with the study’s lead author, Graeme Simpson, as well as youth and peacebuilding experts and young peacebuilders from around the world. 

Speakers:
Nancy Lindborg, Welcoming Remarks
President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Aubrey Cox
Program Officer, Youth, U.S. Institute of Peace

Giannina Raffo
Youth Peace Leader, Venezuela

Graeme Simpson
Lead Author of the Progress Study and Director, Interpeace USA

Noella Richard, moderator
Youth Team Leader, United Nations Development Program

Saji Prelis, closing remarks
Director of Children & Youth Programs, Search for Common Ground

A Conversation with CAR President Touadera

A Conversation with CAR President Touadera

April 10, 2019

The Central African Republic (CAR) has recently taken a significant step toward peace after years of violence and instability. In February, negotiations convened under the auspices of the African Union led to a peace agreement between the CAR government and leaders of armed groups.

Now President Faustin-Archange Touadéra must lead the implementation of the agreement to resolve the many complex issues that have driven violence in the country. On April 9, President Touadéra visited the U.S. Institute of Peace to discuss his priorities and vision for building peace in CAR.