Despite progress in countering violent extremism, it still poses challenges that have grown more lethal and complex as new actors and conflicts arise. To face these emerging trends, policymakers and practitioners require global insights—grounded in research—into sources of resilience and vulnerability. The annual RESOLVE Global Forum brought together top scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to reflect on past efforts, explore prevailing myths, and discuss strategies to re-calibrate the way forward in addressing violent extremism.
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.
While all parties take stock of the new situation and determine the best way forward to achieve stability in Afghanistan and the region, USIP brought together a distinguished panel of experts to assess where the peace process stands and identify possibilities for sustainable talks in the future.
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.
On August 6, USIP discussed the cognitive underpinnings of language and perception in violent radicalization and rehabilitation. The panel explored examples of other social challenges where the deliberate use of language has been used to reduce stigma and create opportunities for pro-social engagement for highly stigmatized populations.
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.
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
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.
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.
Member, U.N. Panel of Experts (Resolution 1874)
Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Blogger, One Free Korea
Program Manager, National Committee on North Korea
Frank Aum, moderator
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace
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
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
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 Moose, moderator
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace