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Russia - 21st Century Disrupter in Europe - A Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue

6/20/2018
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For over a decade, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has campaigned to subvert the liberal world order and undermine global norms by invading neighbors and interfering in democratic processes at home and abroad. Without strong leadership from an allied West to push back on Russian ambitions, the postwar order established by the United States and its allies is in jeopardy, and progress made over the last 70 years is at risk of being reversed. The United States must continue to lead on global issues,...

Duration:00:58:36

The Long Search for Peace in Afghanistan

6/8/2018
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This event features discussion about the practical steps for the search for peace in Afghanistan. This effort has moved to center stage in recent months following President Ashraf Ghani’s late February peace offer to the Taliban, a series of major international conferences that consolidated support for a peace deal, and a wave of pro-peace demonstrations across Afghanistan. Crucial questions nonetheless remain: What it will take to get the Taliban to join peace talks in earnest? What will...

Duration:03:11:40

Sudan After the Sanctions

6/5/2018
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The U.S.-Sudan relationship is at an historic juncture, with the prospect of a broader normalization of relations with the United States coinciding with economic and political turbulence in Sudan. Amid the goals of the U.S. engagement process, the demands of Sudanese citizens for a peaceful, better governed country remain unfulfilled. Join USIP to explore the findings of “Sudan after Sanctions: Sudanese Views of Relations with the United States,” authored by USIP’s Aly Verjee, examining...

Duration:01:09:15

Innovation and Technology in Rule of Law - Afternoon Sessions

6/1/2018
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Questions about the promises and dangers of technology have recently dominated headlines—but less often covered are the stories of practitioners and start-ups leveraging their know-how to build peace. On May 31, the Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Program and the U.S. Institute of Peace will host a symposium to tackle the difficult questions of how technology can be used to strengthen rule of law, security, community engagement, and relationships between states and the...

Duration:02:50:14

Innovation and Technology in Rule of Law - Opening Session

6/1/2018
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Questions about the promises and dangers of technology have recently dominated headlines—but less often covered are the stories of practitioners and start-ups leveraging their know-how to build peace. On May 31, the Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Program and the U.S. Institute of Peace will host a symposium to tackle the difficult questions of how technology can be used to strengthen rule of law, security, community engagement, and relationships between states and the...

Duration:01:50:45

Countering Youth Engagement in Violence

5/24/2018
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Violent extremism has become one of the major challenges to stability in fragile states, characterized by weak, non-inclusive institutions, and lack of economic opportunity. Youth are often perceived as particularly vulnerable to recruitment into extremist groups. The U.S. Institute of Peace has funded several impact evaluations of peacebuilding interventions over the last few years, including two rigorous evaluations of Mercy Corps’ youth programming in Afghanistan and Somalia aimed at...

Duration:01:25:53

Can Power-sharing Arrangements Deliver Peace?

5/24/2018
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Power-sharing arrangements are often applied as a means to address conflict between two parties. But practitioners and policymakers alike agree that the foundation for such arrangements requires considerable strategy and planning, including articulating clear objectives and expectations. Under what conditions do power-sharing arrangements work? What are the key ingredients to help unity governments succeed? Do power-sharing arrangements build political trust by delivering to...

Duration:01:28:09

U.S.-Georgia Partnership - Conference Panel 2 - Strategic Gateway for Regional Expansion

5/23/2018
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This year marks the centennial of Georgia’s independence and the establishment of the First Republic in 1918 and the 10th year since the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Please join the U.S. Institute of Peace, Embassy of Georgia and the Heritage Foundation in welcoming The Honorable Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, for the Second Annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference. Renowned experts will explore the current state of regional affairs, focusing on the...

Duration:01:46:40

U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership - Conference Panel One - Geopolitics and Security

5/23/2018
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This year marks the centennial of Georgia’s independence and the establishment of the First Republic in 1918 and the 10th year since the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Please join the U.S. Institute of Peace, Embassy of Georgia and the Heritage Foundation in welcoming The Honorable Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, for the Second Annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference. Renowned experts will explore the current state of regional affairs, focusing on the...

Duration:01:34:55

Data Democracy - People and Power in the Digital Age

5/22/2018
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Nandan Nilekani is the co-founder of Infosys and former chairman of Aadhaar, India’s massive biometric identification system. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, PeaceTech Lab and emerge85 for a discussion with Nilekani on India’s emerging data economy, which seeks to restore individuals’ control over their personal data while fueling public and private sector innovation. Exploring this new paradigm is important not just for India. Data is a key focus of international development and...

Duration:00:47:50

North Korea and the Fine Print of a Deal - A Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue

5/22/2018
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The United States is engaged in high-stakes negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program as the White House prepares for the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. But nuclear capabilities and missiles are not the only items on the negotiating table. An eventual settlement could include some difficult concessions and require significant oversight and legislative action on the part of Congress. Both Members of Congress and military veterans,...

Duration:00:53:55

After ISIS, Will Iraq’s Elections be The Next Step to Stability?

5/21/2018
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Iraqis just went to the polls to elect a new national parliament. In a surprise turn, a coalition led by controversial cleric Moqtada al-Sadr—a staunch opponent of U.S. influcence in Iraq won the most seats. Listen in as Joshua Johnson, Host of NPR’s 1A, leads a panel discussion on Iraq’s new leaders and the many challenges they face. Speakers: Joshua Johnson, Moderator Host, NPR’s 1A Sarhang Hamasaeed Director, Middle East Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace Denise Natali Director,...

Duration:01:10:06

Can Inclusive Peace Processes Work?

5/18/2018
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Too often, peace processes only include dueling parties—leaving women; religious, indigenous, and ethnic groups; youth; and survivors of violence excluded from critical discussions that shape the future landscape of a country. Yet, sidelining their voices often results in a resurgence of conflict and fails to achieve comprehensive or sustainable peace. The U.S. Institute of Peace and Conciliation Resources hosted a discussion on overcoming challenges to inclusive peace processes and...

Duration:01:42:53

War by Other Means

5/7/2018
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Russia’s concerted disinformation campaign against the West is sowing confusion and distrust and undermining democratic institutions from Ukraine to the United States. Anne Applebaum—a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, thought leader and commentator on politics and foreign policy—and U.S. Institute of Peace Executive Vice President William Taylor will discuss the challenges to the West from Russian aggression and the weapons of disinformation and disruption, and what the United States and its...

Duration:00:59:45

Time for Action in the Western Balkans

5/4/2018
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The Western Balkans—Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, and Serbia—are re-emerging as a region of stagnation and instability due to poor governance, the influence of outside forces and tense relations between ethnic groups and neighboring states. A forthcoming report by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and the EastWest Institute highlights the need for immediate, decisive action by the U.S. and the European Union to head off instability and possible...

Duration:01:00:45

Afghanistan in 2020: Is Peace Possible?

4/26/2018
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The search for peace has become a central focus of Afghanistan policy in Washington and for Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered the Taliban constitutional reform and status as a legitimate political party in late February on the condition that the group makes peace. In recent months, the Taliban have also publicly offered talks with the United States and prominent Afghan powerbrokers, and high-profile peace demonstrations in conflict-torn Helmand province have spread across much...

Duration:02:12:06

Aiding Afghanistan’s Economy - Lessons from the U.S. Experience

4/20/2018
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Since 2001, the United States and international donors have supported Afghanistan in its attempt to build a thriving private-sector economy. Despite 17 years of effort, progress has been mixed and much remains to be done. Please join USIP and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) for a presentation and panel discussion on how the United States can improve its private-sector development and economic growth efforts in Afghanistan and in other states emerging...

Duration:02:02:25

China and North Korea Conference - War and its Aftermath on the Korean Peninsula - What Role Could China Play?

4/18/2018
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This panel will discuss the contours of a potential conflict on the Korean Peninsula, to include U.S. operations, how China may respond, and opportunities for cooperation. Participants will also examine Beijing’s role in shaping the post-war situation on the peninsula. Panelists: Jennifer Staats, Moderator Director, East and Southeast Asia Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace Abraham Denmark Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Lieutenant General...

Duration:01:19:37

China and North Korea Conference - Ambasssador Mark Lippert Keynote Address

4/18/2018
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With international attention focused on a potential U.S.-North Korea summit meeting in May, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a surprise trip to Beijing in late March to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The North Korean leader’s visit to Beijing, his first foreign visit since assuming power in late 2011, came amid strained bilateral relations in recent years. Kim and Xi appear to have reinvigorated the historical bonds between the two countries and reaffirmed China’s crucial role...

Duration:01:12:40

China and North Korea Conference - Would a Reunified Korea under South Korean Leadership be Positive or Negative for China?

4/18/2018
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This panel will assess China’s position on the ideal end state for the Korean Peninsula and whether a reunified peninsula under South Korean leadership would be beneficial or detrimental to Chinese economic, political, and security interests given South Korean, Japanese and U.S. likely responses. Panelists: Frank Aum, Moderator Senior Expert on North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace Yun Sun Co-Director, East Asia Program; Director, China Program, Stimson Center Heung-Kyu Kim Director...

Duration:01:24:44