Events at USIP
Congressional Perspectives on U.S.-China Relations

Congressional Perspectives on U.S.-China Relations

July 9, 2020

USIP hosted the co-chairs of the U.S.-China Working Group, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL), for a conversation that explored key issues facing the U.S.-China relationship, shifting views in Congress on the topic, and the role of Congress in managing rising tensions and facilitating engagement between the two countries. 

The Rule of Law in Afghanistan

The Rule of Law in Afghanistan

July 2, 2020

USIP and WJP hosted an in-depth conversation on the findings of the World Justice Project's report “The Rule of Law in Afghanistan: Key Findings 2019,” as well as crucial factors for the rule of law in Afghanistan. Panelists will also discuss how the report can encourage data-driven policy choices and guide program development to strengthen the rule of law. 

Where Do Iraq’s Religious and Ethnic Minorities Stand Post-ISIS?

Where Do Iraq’s Religious and Ethnic Minorities Stand Post-ISIS?

July 2, 2020

USIP hosted Assistant Secretary Robert A. Destro from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), as well as a panel of experts, for a discussion on the current reality for Iraqi religious and ethnic minorities, the international response in the aftermath of ISIS’s military defeat, and the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the new Iraqi government, and potential early elections. The event also featured analysis from USIP based on its Conflict and Stabilization Monitoring Framework.

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/where-do-iraqs-religious-and-ethnic-minorities-stand-post-isis

H.E. Abdullah Abdullah Discusses Peace Talks in Afghanistan

H.E. Abdullah Abdullah Discusses Peace Talks in Afghanistan

June 25, 2020

USIP was pleased to host Dr. Abdullah for his first public event as chairman of the newly established High Council for National Reconciliation. Dr. Abdullah discussed preparations for negotiations with the Taliban, the key issues that need to be addressed, and what can be done to strengthen national unity and consensus on peace. His address was followed by a live question and answer session.

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/he-abdullah-abdullah-discusses-peace-talks-afghanistan

COVID in South Asia: Regional Responses

COVID in South Asia: Regional Responses

June 18, 2020

USIP and experts from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka discussed states' responses to the coronavirus pandemic across the region and what countries can do to maintain and restore their economies, health systems, and citizens’ trust in elected officials.

Speakers

Amb. Tariq Karim
Former Bangladeshi Ambassador to the U.S. 
 
Amb. Maleeha Lodhi

Former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. and former Pakistani Ambassador to the U.N.

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka

Amb. Arun Singh
Former Indian Ambassador to the U.S.

Tamanna Salikuddin, moderator
Director, South Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/covid-south-asia-regional-responses

Harnessing Coronavirus for a Peaceful and Prosperous Africa

Harnessing Coronavirus for a Peaceful and Prosperous Africa

June 12, 2020

USIP, representatives of the African Union Commission and the African Diplomatic Corps, and other experts discussed the African Union’s efforts to mobilize the fight against coronavirus while still alleviating threats to human security and international peace. 

Panelists discussed how COVID-19 is impacting the continent’s social and economic progress, how this year’s Africa Day theme of “Silencing the Guns, Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development” fits into the current reality, and how the U.S. and Africa can foster a genuine partnership to address shared priorities, concerns, and opportunities during a time of global solidarity.

Speakers

Ambassador Johnnie Carson
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

H.E. Serge Mombouli
Ambassador of the Republic of Congo; Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps.

Ambassador Matthew Harrington
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs

H.E. Nomaindiya Mfeketo
Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa

Ambassador Frederic Gateretse-Ngoga
Head of the Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division at the African Union Commission

H.E. Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai
Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone; Co-Chair of the African Ambassadors’ Committee for Public Affairs

Professor Landry Signé
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Professor and Co-Director, Thunderbird School of Global Management

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

https://www.usip.org/events/harnessing-coronavirus-peaceful-and-prosperous-africa

 

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Afghanistan’s Vision for Peace: A Conversation with H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

Afghanistan’s Vision for Peace: A Conversation with H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

June 12, 2020

On June 11, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the United States Institute of Peace hosted a conversation with H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Afghanistan’s vision for peace and how to sustain progress towards stability and prosperity.

Keynote speaker:

H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
President
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Featuring:

Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Stephen Heintz
President and CEO
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Stephen J. Hadley (moderating)
Chair, Board of Directors
United States Institute of Peace

Nancy Lindborg
President and CEO
United States Institute of Peace

Understanding Career Foreign Fighters

Understanding Career Foreign Fighters

June 5, 2020

USIP and authors of the recent RESOLVE Network Research Report, “Career Foreign Fighters: Expertise Transmission Across Insurgencies” hosted a virtual conversation to explain their findings and share insights on the unique challenges that career foreign fighters pose, what we know about their “career” trajectories, their impact in local conflicts, and the implications for current policy and programmatic challenges. They also highlighted recommendations for future efforts to address violent extremism and conflict and to prevent conflict careerists based on their pioneering study. 

Speakers

Leanne Erdberg Steadmanintroductory remarks
Director of VE, USIP and Interim Executive Director, RESOLVE Network

Chelsea Daymon
PhD candidate, American University; Associate Fellow, Global Network on Extremism & Technology

David Malet
Associate Professor of Public Affairs, American University; RESOLVE Research Advisory Council Member, RESOLVE Network

Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn
Researcher, Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University; Research Fellow, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague

Colin P. Clarkemoderator
Senior Research Fellow, The Soufan Center; RESOLVE Research Advisory Council Member, RESOLVE Network

https://www.usip.org/events/understanding-career-foreign-fighters

Tenuous Transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan

Tenuous Transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan

June 5, 2020

The two most populous countries in the Horn of Africa—Ethiopia and Sudan—are both struggling with once-in-a-generation political transitions. Complicating these already tenuous transitions is a convergence of worrying trends, such as widespread food insecurity, severe pressure on public finances, ongoing or unresolved internal conflicts, large numbers of displaced persons, and now, the coronavirus pandemic. The fate of the transitions in Ethiopia and Sudan may determine the broader prospects for peace in the region for years to come.

At this critical time in history for the Horn of Africa, USIP brought together experts from Ethiopia and Sudan for a discussion on the specific challenges facing the political transitions in these two countries, as well as key parallels.

Speakers

Manal Taha
Sudan Program Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

Payton Knopf
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

Aaron Maasho
Independent Journalist

Emebet Getachew
Ethiopia Country Program Manager, Life and Peace Institute 

Aly Verjeemoderator
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

https://www.usip.org/events/tenuous-transitions-ethiopia-and-sudan

People Power in a Pandemic

People Power in a Pandemic

May 22, 2020

USIP brought together activists and peacebuilders from South Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela for a discussion on how nonviolent movements are confronting and adjusting to their new operating environments, how they are spreading awareness about the virus and safety measures in their communities, and how they envision the post-coronavirus era in their societies.  

The panelists shared how they are maintaining resilience against repression and using opportunities created by the pandemic to advance their demands for peace and justice. The discussion also included external actors offering insights into how international donors can provide support to grassroots groups and movements in ways that help them to respond flexibly to their changing environments and to better meet the needs of their communities. 
 

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