Events at USIP
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Listen to a collection of USIP's most compelling events without having to leave your home or office.
About this podcast
Listen to a collection of USIP's most compelling events without having to leave your home or office.
Events at USIP
Leaving Boko Haram Behind
Operation Safe Corridor (OSC), Nigeria’s national rehabilitation and reintegration program for members of Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa who have surrendered, defected or were repentant, remains among the most mature and large-scale disengagement programs that currently exist. In a recently released report, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives details unique findings on OSC’s demobilization, disassociation, reintegration and reconciliation effort. Drawing from data collected from OSC graduates, communities where reintegration is occurring and other sources, the report provides key programming and policy insights on the individual and community impact of rehabilitation and reintegration of armed actors from violent extremist organizations. Join USIP, the report’s authors and experts on Nigeria and violent extremism to discuss these timely, policy-relevant findings about what it really takes for armed actors to leave terrorism behind. The conversation will look at ways to better understand policy-relevant trends like the risks of recidivism, explore effective predictors of support for violence, and uncover how community members actually view reintegratees. Speakers MaryAnne Iwara Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace Nikki Milnes M&E Advisor, USAID/OTI Dean Piedmont Senior Reintegration and Armed Group Advisor, Creative Associates International Oge Onubogu, moderator Director, West Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/leaving-boko-haram-behind
In Search of Peace for Afghanistan: Historical Perspectives
A recently published book by the Kakar History Foundation and Heart of Asia Society titled “In Search of Peace for Afghanistan: Historical Letters of President Najibullah and Dr. M. Hassan Kakar — A Collection of Essays.” This essay collection considers the correspondence between the former Afghan president and one of the country's leading scholars regarding Afghanistan's post-Soviet future and the lessons that can be drawn as the country navigates the U.S. troop withdrawal. On May 26, USIP and the book's publishers hosted a discussion with several of the contributing authors, both Afghan and American, for reflections on Afghan politics and the country's relationship with the international community as U.S. troops withdraw. Speakers Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, keynote remarks Former U.N. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Syria; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria Ambassador Richard Olson, welcoming remarks Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace; former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Belquis Ahmadi Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace Robert Crews Professor of History, Stanford University Kawun Kakar Executive Director, Kakar History Foundation Ambassador Janan Mosazai Former Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan and China; Co-Founder and Vice President, Heart of Asia Society Omar Sharifi Country Director, American Institute of Afghanistan Studies Omar Sadr Assistant Professor of Political Science, American University of Afghanistan Dipali Mukhopadhyay, moderator Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/search-peace-afghanistan-historical-perspectives
Crisis in Mozambique: Pathways to Peace in Cabo Delgado
On May 13, 2021, USIP hosted a panel of experts for a look at the complex social, political and economic factors fueling the current insurgency in Mozambique, as well as a discussion of potential avenues for intervention to increase peace and stability in Cabo Delgado. Speakers Lise Grande, opening remarks President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace Cidia Chissungo Activist; Founder, National Solidarity Campaign for Cabo Delgado Gregory Pirio President, Empowering Communications Associates; Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University Ambassador Carlos dos Santos Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique to the United States Joseph Sany, moderator Vice President, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/crisis-mozambique-pathways-peace-cabo-delgado
Nonviolent Action and Minority Inclusion
This USIP event featured lessons learned from cutting-edge research showing how nonviolent action affects political and economic inequality — particularly for historically excluded social and ethnic groups — using a cross-national statistical study and in-depth case studies from recent political transitions in Nepal and Indonesia. The research also specifically examines how movements can employ dialogue, negotiation and mediation to better ensure that political transitions following nonviolent action campaigns lead to greater inclusion for marginalized groups. This event explored the important implications for both policy and practice in ensuring more inclusive democratization processes in the aftermath of nonviolent action. Speakers Jonathan Pinckney, moderator Senior Researcher, Nonviolent Action, U.S. Institute of Peace Mohna Ansari Member, National Human Rights Commission of Nepal Subindra Bogati Founder and Chief Executive, Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative Titik Firawati Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Northern Illinois University Rosa Emilia Salamanca Director, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Action Deepak Thapa Director, Social Science Baha Ches Thurber Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/nonviolent-action-and-minority-inclusion
Enhancing U.S.-China Strategic Stability in an Era of Strategic Competition
On April 28, USIP launched a new report featuring essays from leading American and Chinese security experts on the challenges and opportunities associated with strengthening U.S.-China strategic stability. This event featured a discussion with six of the report’s authors regarding the perception gaps and drivers of U.S.-China conflict in the nuclear, missile, space, cyber, and emerging technologies realms. The authors offered recommendations on steps the United States and China can take in the near term to enhance strategic stability. Speakers Lise Grande, welcoming remarks President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace Patricia Kim, moderator Senior Policy Analyst, China, U.S. Institute of Peace Jinghua Lyu Northeast Asia Program Director, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Bruce MacDonald Adjunct Professor, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University Haotian Qi Assistant Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University Brad Roberts Director, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Tong Zhao Senior Fellow, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/enhancing-us-china-strategic-stability-era-strategic-competition
The Climate Challenges of South Asia’s Megacities
Please join USIP for a discussion on the growing stress faced by urban centers in South Asia due to climate change. Experts will discuss how megacities are contributing to environmental degradation and societal conflict, as well as address what policies might best combat these challenges and reflect on President Biden’s latest climate change summit. Panelists Aditya Bahadur Principal Researcher, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (India) Sara Hayat Environmental Lawyer and Asia Foundation Fellow (Pakistan) Huraera Jabeen Consultant, World Bank (Bangladesh) Jumaina Siddiqui, moderator Senior Program Officer, South Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/climate-challenges-south-asias-megacities
Quiet on the Line of Control: Progress in India-Pakistan Relations?
On April 23, 2021, USIP hosted a discussion on what the recent thaw between India and Pakistan reveals about each country’s strategic thinking, the region’s overarching security concerns, and opportunities for the United States to encourage confidence building and crisis management even if peace remains elusive. Speakers Madiha Afzal Rubenstein Fellow, Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution Tanvi Madan Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution Shuja Nawaz Distinguished Fellow, South Asia, Atlantic Council Ashley Tellis Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Tamanna Salikuddin, moderator Director, South Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/quiet-line-control-progress-india-pakistan-relations
Afghanistan’s Next Chapter: What Happens as U.S. Troops Leave?
On April 21, 2021, USIP hosted a discussion with leading experts on the immediate implications of President Biden's announcement that the U.S. will withdraw all remaining military forces from Afghanistan before September 11, 2021. The panel also examined what the future of the Afghan conflict and peace process might look like as U.S. troops begin a final withdrawal from the country. Speakers Haseeb Humayoon Partner, QARA Consulting, LLC Laurel Miller Program Director, Asia, International Crisis Group Dipali Mukhopadhyay Senior Expert on Afghanistan Peace Processes, U.S. Institute of Peace Nader Nadery Afghan Government Negotiation Team Member; Chairman of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission Muqaddesa Yourish Country Director, Lapis Communications Scott Worden, moderator Director, Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/afghanistans-next-chapter-what-happens-us-troops-leave
Civil Resistance Transitions: Dialogue, Trust and Democracy
Featuring new USIP research on the crucial role of inclusive dialogue and negotiation processes, this event looked at the characteristics of peace processes that most successfully foster citizen trust in a renewed social compact and long-term sustainable democratization. The discussion also provided key insights and recommendations for activists and external peacebuilding actors working to ensure successful dialogue and foster democratic outcomes — as well as how to apply those insights and recommendations in on-the-ground cases. Speakers Zied Boussen Tunisian Activist and Researcher Veronique Dudouet Senior Research Advisor, Berghof Foundation Zahra Hayder Sudanese Activist and Organizer Roman-Gabriel Olar Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin Jonathan Pinckney Senior Researcher, Nonviolent Action, U.S. Institute of Peace Lise Grande, moderator President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace
The Nexus of Climate Change, Fragility, and Peacebuilding
On April 13, USIP and the Wilson Center hosted a timely discussion with experts on the linkages between climate and fragility, and how a more integrated approach to climate and fragility policies and responses can simultaneously strengthen resilience outcomes and minimize threats to peace and prosperity. Speakers Joe Hewitt, introductory remarks Vice President, Policy, Learning, and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace Cynthia Brady, moderator Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center Dina Esposito Vice President of Technical Leadership, Mercy Corps Alice Hill David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations Former Senior Director, Resilience Policy, National Security Council Liz Hume Acting President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding Erin Sikorsky Deputy Director, The Center for Climate and Security Former Deputy Director, Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/nexus-climate-change-fragility-and-peacebuilding
Pakistan’s Post-Pandemic Economic Outlook
On April 6, USIP hosted a discussion that assessed the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Pakistani economy, explored the outlook for reforms, and surveyed how international investors, especially U.S. companies, view the Pakistani economy and investment prospects. Speakers: Khurram Husain Economic writer, Dawn Safiya Ghori-Ahmed Director, McLarty Associates Naila Naqvi CEO, Pie in the Sky Uzair Younus, moderator Visiting Senior Policy Analyst, South Asia Program, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/pakistans-post-pandemic-economic-outlook
Nonviolent Action and Civil War Peace Processes
To better understand the intersections of nonviolent action and peacebuilding processes, USIP convened experts for the second in a series of four events on people power, peace, and democracy. The event series highlights multiple groundbreaking research projects and feature insights from activists and international practitioners and policymakers to provide viewers with actionable takeaways. This event presented new research from USIP that explores effective strategies for civilian nonviolent action amid civil war and offers lessons learned for activists working to achieve their goals in conflict-affected environments — as well as for policymakers and donors to aid peace processes and achieve sustainable peace. Panelists Jonathan Pinckney, moderator Senior Researcher, Nonviolent Action, U.S. Institute of Peace Jacob Bul Bior Cofounder and Media Coordinator, Anataban Arts Initiative Luke Abbs Researcher, BLG Data Research Centre, University of Essex Esra Cuhadar Senior Expert, Dialogue and Peace Processes, U.S. Institute of Peace Marina Petrova Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Università Bocconi Waheed Zaheer Journalist and Peacebuilding Trainer For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/nonviolent-action-and-civil-war-peace-processes
Empowered Women Help Create a More Peaceful World
USIP and the Department of Defense hosted a discussion on the military’s progress and commitment to implementing the WPS agenda in their operations. To inform and strengthen engagement between the U.S. government and civil society organizations, the discussion also included key questions from the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on WPS (USCSWG). Speakers: Lise Grande, welcoming remarks President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace Kathleen H. Hicks Deputy Secretary of Defense Admiral Craig S. Faller Commander, United States Southern Command, U.S. Department of Defense Lieutenant General Thomas A. Bussiere Deputy Commander, United States Strategic Command, U.S. Department of Defense Lieutenant General Michael A. Minihan Deputy Commander, United States Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Department of Defense Ambassador Andrew Young Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command, U.S. Department of State Brigadier General Rebecca J. Sonkiss Deputy Director for Counter Threats and International Cooperation on the Joint Staff, J5, U.S. Department of Defense Valerie Hudson Distinguished Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair, Texas A&M University Kathleen Kuehnast, moderator Director, Gender Policy and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/empowered-women-help-create-more-peaceful-world
Peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula: U.S. and European Perspectives
On March 23, USIP and the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Brussels School of Governance convened a panel discussion looking at U.S. and European perspectives on achieving peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula—and whether similar processes in other regions provide any helpful lessons. Speakers: Frank Aum Senior Expert, North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace Tongfi Kim Senior Researcher, KF-VUB Korea Chair, Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, Brussels School of Governance Linde Desmaele PhD Researcher, Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, Brussels School of Governance Joseph Yun Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace Ramon Pacheco Pardo, moderator KF-VUB Korea Chair, Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy, Brussels School of Governance For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/peacebuilding-korean-peninsula-us-and-european-perspectives
In a Consequential Year for Iraq, What’s Next?
On March 23, USIP hosted a discussion of key developments in Iraq and the outlook for U.S.-Iraq relations under the Biden administration. The panel shared their insights on the Pope’s first-ever visit to Iraq, examined the country’s current challenges, and explored areas where policymakers and the international community can support Iraq. Speakers Lise Grande, opening remarks President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace Ambassador Matthew Tueller Ambassador of the United States to Iraq Ambassador Fareed Yasseen Ambassador of Iraq to the United States Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States Sarhang Hamasaeed, moderator Director, Middle East Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace Fore more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/consequential-year-iraq-whats-next
Can Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Deliver Peace?
On March 18, 2021, USIP and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University hosted a timely discussion on how applying the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion can contribute to more effective U.S. peace and development programs around the world. Panelists considered efforts to meaningfully engage marginalized or underrepresented groups such as women, youth, and social movement actors to support locally driven peacebuilding. Speakers: Corinne Graff, introductory remarks Senior Advisor, Conflict Prevention and Fragility, U.S. Institute of Peace Susanna Campbell Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University Rosa Emilia Salamanca Executive Director, Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE) in Colombia Jennifer Hawkins Senior Women, Peace, and Security Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development Joseph Sany Vice President, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace Pamina Firchow, moderator Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, Brandeis University For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/can-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-deliver-peace
Lessons from the Four Party Peace Talks on the Korean Peninsula
On March 17, 2021, USIP hosted a discussion on the Four Party Talks, including why the United States decided to propose these talks after 40 years of disengaging from North Korea, why the talks failed, and what lessons these talks may have for future attempts at peace discussions. The event included a panel of three leading Korea experts who served as part of the U.S. delegation during the Four Party Talks. Speakers: Frank Aum, moderator Senior Expert, North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace Robert Carlin Nonresident Fellow, Stimson Center; former Chief of the Northeast Asia Division, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Department of State Philip Yun President and Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council of Northern California; former Senior Policy Advisor for the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, Department of State Chip Gregson Senior Advisor, Avascent International; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of Defense For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/lessons-four-party-peace-talks-korean-peninsula
Mediation in Nonviolent Action Campaigns
In part one of our series on People Power, Peace, and Democracy, this event highlighted new research that explores the role of third-party mediation in nonviolent uprisings. The conversation provided key insights for both practitioners and policymakers by focusing on central aspects of mediation processes, such as the strategies of mediators and their relationships with conflicting parties—as well as examining how they can lead to agreements between governments and nonviolent movements. For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/mediation-nonviolent-action-campaigns
Gender Dynamics in Conflict-Affected Middle East and North African Countries
On March 12, USIP and American University in the Emirates hosted a virtual discussion that aimed to better understand gender dynamics in conflict by convening experts in the field and sharing the lessons learned from initiatives that build the resilience of women during war and throughout post-war recovery. Speakers Muthanna Abdul Razzaq, opening remarks President and CEO, American University in the Emirates Dr. Elie Abouaoun Director, Middle East and North Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace Susan Aref Director and Founder, Women Empowerment Organization (Iraq) Mehrinaz El Awady Director of Gender Justice, Population, and Inclusive Development, U.N. Economics and Social Commission for West Asia Kathleen Kuehnast Director, Gender Policy and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace Valentine M. Moghadam Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Northeastern University Nahla Yassine-Hamdan Assistant Professor, College of Security and Global Studies, American University in the Emirates Lina Beydoun, moderator Director of Development, American University of Cairo (AUC) For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/gender-dynamics-conflict-affected-middle-east-and-north-african-countries
The Voices of South Sudan’s Women
In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, USIP, Oxfam International, and FEMRITE—the Ugandan Women Writers Association—hosted a discussion about how women’s literary voices can contribute to building a deeper understanding of the impact of conflict in South Sudan and inspire progress toward peace. For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/voices-south-sudans-women Note: The audio recording of Birth Water by Bigoa Chuol herein is courtesy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.