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Listen to a collection of USIP's most compelling events without having to leave your home or office.

Listen to a collection of USIP's most compelling events without having to leave your home or office.


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Listen to a collection of USIP's most compelling events without having to leave your home or office.




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

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...


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

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...


The Next Chapter in U.S.-Pakistan Relations

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 Grande, welcoming remarks President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace H.E. Dr. Asad Majeed Khan Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Ambassador Richard Olson, moderator Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace For more...


National Dialogues in Peacebuilding and Transitions

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...


A Conversation with Iraq’s Planning and Migration Ministers

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 Yaffe, opening...


Iraqi Minorities’ Views on the Possibilities for Peace and Stability

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...


Disability-Inclusive Peacebuilding

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 Stein, welcoming remarks Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard...


Religious Discrimination During Crises: A Global Perspective

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...


Peace and Conflict Diplomacy in a Turbulent World

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...


Global Trends 2040: Navigating A More Contested World

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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...