Events at USIP
Africa at the Crossroads: A Conversation with DRC President and AU Chair Félix Tshisekedi and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)

Africa at the Crossroads: A Conversation with DRC President and AU Chair Félix Tshisekedi and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)

July 23, 2021

After being selected as the chair of the African Union this year, President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo set an ambitious agenda for 2021 — ranging from the promotion of African culture to peacebuilding to COVID-19 vaccine distribution. On July 20, USIP hosted a discussion with President Tshisekedi and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, that focused on a range of important issues confronting Africa, including strengthening democracy, human rights, economic growth, COVID vaccine availability and responding to peace and security challenges.

Speakers

Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi 
President of Democratic Republic of the Congo, Chair of the African Union  
@Presidence_RDC

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)
U.S. Representative; Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights
@RepKarenBass

Dr. Joseph Sany
Vice President, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace
@Josephsany1

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

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/africa-crossroads-conversation-drc-president-and-au-chair-felix-tshisekedi-and-rep-karen

A (Pandemic) Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher

A (Pandemic) Year in the Life of a Peace Teacher

July 12, 2021

The Peace Teachers Program is rooted in the conviction that educators can be pivotal in bringing issues of international conflict and practical peacebuilding skills into their classrooms, schools and communities. Each school year, USIP selects a cohort of outstanding American middle and high school teachers from different U.S. states to receive education, resources and support to strengthen their teaching of international conflict and peace. On July 8, USIP hosted the 2019-2021 Peace Teachers as they shared their experiences, insights and strategies for engaging new generations in peacebuilding based on their time in the program — including how their own approaches to teaching conflict and peace evolved during this tumultuous period.

Speakers

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

Jill Armstrong
Greenup County High School, Greenup, KY

Sarah Campbell
Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, AK

Katrina Gotschall
O’Neill High School, O’Neill, NE

Emily Philpott
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Ridgeland, MS

Megan Chabalowski
Senior Outreach Officer, Public Education, U.S. Institute of Peace

Joanne Leedom-Ackermanmoderator
Novelist, Short Story Writer and Journalist; Member, International Advisory Council, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/pandemic-year-life-peace-teacher

The Next Chapter in U.S.-Pakistan Relations

The Next Chapter in U.S.-Pakistan Relations

July 9, 2021

On July 7, USIP hosted Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, to discuss Pakistan’s responses to recent developments in Afghanistan, the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations and emerging regional security challenges in South Asia.

Speakers

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

H.E. Dr. Asad Majeed Khan
Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States 

Ambassador Richard Olsonmoderator
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/next-chapter-us-pakistan-relations

National Dialogues in Peacebuilding and Transitions

National Dialogues in Peacebuilding and Transitions

June 28, 2021

USIP and Peace Appeal hosted two panel discussions with the authors of the Institute’s recent report, “National Dialogues in Peacebuilding and Transitions: Creativity and Adaptive Thinking.” The conversations assessed the impacts of six national dialogues in Africa and the Middle East several years after the conclusion of these processes. 

The first panel focused on Lebanon, Senegal and Tunisia and examined inclusivity and representation in national dialogues in these countries. The second panel discussed national dialogues in Central African Republic, Kenya and Yemen and reflected on international involvement in these processes. Both panels drew lessons for practitioners and policymakers who are contemplating future national dialogues. 

Speakers

Elizabeth Murraymoderator
Senior Program Officer, Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace 

Elie Abouaoun
Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

Penda Ba 
Associate Professor, Gaston Berger University

Derek Brown 
Co-Executive Director, Peace Appeal Foundation

Daniel Brumberg 
Professor and Director, Democracy and Governance Studies, Georgetown University 

Erica Gaston
Fellow, Global Public Policy Institute 

Jimmy Ochieng
Consultant, HD Centre

Rachel Sullivan 
Program Specialist, Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

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

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/national-dialogues-peacebuilding-and-transitions

A Conversation with Iraq’s Planning and Migration Ministers

A Conversation with Iraq’s Planning and Migration Ministers

June 25, 2021

On June 24, 2021, Iraq’s Minister of Planning Khalid Najim and Minister of Migration and Displacement Evan Jabro joined USIP to discuss the current situation and challenges to stabilization, reconstruction and reform efforts in Iraq. The discussion also shed light on the status of Iraq’s displaced communities and recent returnees — including ethnic and religious minorities and those at al-Hol camp — as well as the Iraqi government’s plans for the future.

Speakers

Michael Yaffeopening remarks 
Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

Minister Khalid Batal Najm
Minister of Planning of the Republic of Iraq

Minister Evan Faeq Jabro
Minister of Migration and Displacement of the Republic of Iraq

Sarhang Hamasaeedmoderator
Director, Middle East Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/conversation-iraqs-planning-and-migration-ministers

Iraqi Minorities’ Views on the Possibilities for Peace and Stability

Iraqi Minorities’ Views on the Possibilities for Peace and Stability

June 22, 2021

On June 17, USIP hosted a discussion on the latest findings from USIP’s Iraq Conflict and Stabilization Monitoring Framework, which collects data directly from conflict-affected communities across Nineveh province. The conversation shed light on the current reality of Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities, as well as the challenges to their safe and sustainable return, signs of progress and the implications of Iraq’s upcoming national elections in October. This event was livestreamed in English and Arabic.

Speakers

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

Osama Gharizi
Senior Program Advisor, Iraq, U.S. Institute of Peace

Negina Sawez 
Team Lead, Middle East and North Africa Programs, State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Adad Youssef 
Chairman, Board of Directors, Alliance of Iraqi Minorities

Sarhang Hamasaeed, moderator
Director, Middle East Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/iraqi-minorities-views-possibilities-peace-and-stability

Disability-Inclusive Peacebuilding

Disability-Inclusive Peacebuilding

June 22, 2021

On June 16, USIP, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and their fellow co-sponsors hosted a conversation on the gaps and opportunities in disability-inclusive peacebuilding and steps for the greater inclusion and participation of people with disabilities. This event was an official side event to the 2021 Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

Speakers

Professor Michael Steinwelcoming remarks
Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability

Gerard Quinnintroductory remarks
U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 

Rashad Nimr
Conflict Advisor (Contractor), Youth and Social Inclusion, USAID Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention

Fon Dieudonne
National Coordinator, Think Big Association

Emina Ćerimović
Senior Researcher on Disability Rights, Human Rights Watch

Professor Janet E. Lord
Advisor to U.N. Special Rapporteur Gerard Quinn; Senior Fellow, Harvard Law School Project on Disability 

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapoco-moderator
Global Disability Advisor, World Bank

Elizabeth Murrayco-moderator
Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/disability-inclusive-peacebuilding

Religious Discrimination During Crises: A Global Perspective

Religious Discrimination During Crises: A Global Perspective

June 17, 2021

On June 14, USIP, along with the University of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs and its Ansari Institute for Global Engagement, took a closer look at the complex social, political, economic and religious factors that fuel discrimination towards religious minority communities during periods of political uncertainty. Panelists discussed cross-national trends identified through the USAID-USIP Closing the Gap project, as well as recent events in Myanmar and Iraq. They will also examined anti-Semitism in a global context. And finally, this conversation considered lessons from the U.S. context and explore policy interventions for reducing tensions and promoting peace. 

Speakers

Mahan Mirzaopening remarks
Executive Director, Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, University of Notre Dame

Sabrina Dent
Senior Faith Advisor, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Billy Ford
Program Officer, Burma, U.S. Institute of Peace

Knox Thames
Senior Fellow, Institute of Global Engagement 

Jason Klocek, moderator 
Senior Researcher, U.S. Institute of Peace 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/religious-discrimination-during-crises-global-perspective

Peace and Conflict Diplomacy in a Turbulent World

Peace and Conflict Diplomacy in a Turbulent World

June 17, 2021

On June 10, USIP hosted a conversation with several of the book’s leading authors and other experts on the project’s findings and its implications for the practice of peace and conflict diplomacy. Panelists debated how to adapt our diplomatic strategies to shape a more effective, agile and inclusive system of international cooperation, as well as considered how to make room for diverse voices — including regional organizations and civil society — while maintaining a sense of unity and common purpose.

Speakers

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

Dr. Chester Crocker, introductory remarks
James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies, Georgetown University

Ambassador George Moose, moderator
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Institute of Peace

Ambassador Barbara Bodine
Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy; Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

Ambassador Jean-Marie Guéhenno
Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution

Dr. Fen Hampson
Chancellor’s Professor, Carleton University; President, World Refugee and Migration Council

Dr. See Seng Tan
Professor of International Relations, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Dr. Solomon Dersso
Founding Director, Amani Africa; Chairperson, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Pamela Aall, closing remarks
Senior Advisor, Conflict Prevention and Management, U.S. Institute of Peace

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/peace-and-conflict-diplomacy-turbulent-world

Global Trends 2040: Navigating A More Contested World

Global Trends 2040: Navigating A More Contested World

June 17, 2021

On June 9, USIP hosted a timely conversation, moderated by Ambassador George Moose, with the lead author of “Global Trends 2040,” from the National Intelligence Council as well as a panel of global leaders and scholars from across the national security, development and private sectors. Panelists evaluated the findings from this year's report and consider how a range of actors can harness these trends to shape a more secure and prosperous future.  

 

Speakers

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

Avril Hainesvideo message
Director of National Intelligence 

Maria Langan-Riekhofframing remarks
Director Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council

Kamissa Camara
Former Foreign Minister, Mali and Visiting Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace

General F. Carter Ham (USA, Ret.)
President and CEO, Association of the United States Army and former Commander, U.S. Africa Command

David Miliband
President and CEO, International Rescue Committee; Former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK 

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

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/global-trends-2040-navigating-more-contested-world

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