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
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.
COVID-19 and Cooperation in Libya
On March 4, USIP hosted Libya’s ambassador to the United States and Libyan civil society leaders for a look at stories of positive community cooperation during the current crisis—as well as a discussion on how Libyan and international organizations can build off these successes to navigate Libya’s complex conflict and ensure a peaceful future for the country.
Security Challenges in Africa: 2021 and Beyond
Countering Violent Extremism by Refocusing on Communities On February 24, 2021, USIP hosted an event with the RESOLVE Network and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) that examined the role of non-state actors and local communities in preventing the spread of violent extremism. Drawing on research from RESOLVE’s Africa portfolio and ISS’s research, leading experts offered alternative pathways for conflict resolution that account for local peacebuilding challenges—as well as considered the pivotal role of women in community-based justice, conflict resolution, and the rule of law. For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/security-challenges-africa-2021-and-beyond
The Building Blocks of Civil Society in North Korea
On February 23, 2021, USIP hosted a discussion on a new report published by the National Committee on North Korea and the broader implications of market participation on North Korean society. The report’s authors were joined by leading experts on the Korean Peninsula and civil society to discuss how market participation has fostered the beginnings of a public sphere and how linkages between market activities and the building blocks of civil society may help promote the rights and livelihoods of the North Korean people—and shift the ideological framework through which the state must operate. For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/building-blocks-civil-society-north-korea
Afghanistan Study Group Releases Final Report
USIP hosted the co-chairs of the Afghanistan Study Group for a discussion of the group’s findings and the report’s recommendations for how the United States can fully align our policies, practices, and messaging across diplomatic, military, and assistance efforts toward the overarching goal of achieving a successful peace in Afghanistan.
Passing the Baton 2021: Securing America’s Future Together
For the past 20 years, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) has convened national security leaders after every change in administration to affirm the peaceful transfer of power and the bipartisan character of American foreign policy through its signature Passing the Baton event.
30 Years Later: German Reunification Revisited
While the fall of the Berlin Wall is now celebrated as a symbol of the end of the Cold War, the immediate aftermath was a tumultuous period which could easily have resulted in chaos and conflict. The remarkable diplomatic efforts that reunified Germany offered a blueprint for nations to pursue a shared vision of a Europe whole and free and at peace with Russia as a partner, not an adversary.
Defiance and Democracy: Understanding the Thai Protest Movement
USIP held a discussion on the underlying political dynamics that are driving this current movement—as well as a look at the tactics the protestors have deployed to mobilize in Thailand’s restrictive environment, where the protest movement may go from here, and how the U.S. government might constructively respond.
China's Influence on Conflict Dynamics in South Asia
The co-chairs and members of the Senior Study Group joined to discuss their work and the report’s conclusions. The conversation will tackle topics such as U.S. interests in South Asia amid China’s growing role, Beijing’s interests in and approach toward the region, China-Pakistan relations, China-India relations, and China’s relations with the smaller South Asian states.