Civil Non-Violent Resistance: Why it Works and Why it Matters

Dr. Maria Stephan, Senior Policy Fellow at the US Institute of Peace, and two prominent activists who led civil resistance campaigns in conflict zones discussed the importance of non-violent resistance, what makes these campaigns successful and what Congress can do to ensure their success. Dr. Maria J. Stephan Dr. Maria J. Stephan is a senior policy […]

Nancy Lindborg, General (Ret) John Allen Brief Staffers on Iraq, Syria, and the Struggle Against ISIS

Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace, and General (Ret.) John Allen, former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, discussed the unfolding events in Iraq and Syria. Ms. Lindborg and General Allen also discussed military and humanitarian efforts used to counter the Islamic State. General (Ret.) John Allen […]

Crossroads of Crisis: Turkey Today

Ambassador Eric Edelman, former Ambassador to Turkey, and Alan Makovsky, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, briefed congressional staffers on the increasingly authoritarian actions by the Erdoğan government, tension with Russia and Turkey’s NATO membership, and the role of Turkey in an anti-ISIS coalition. Ambassador Eric Edelman Ambassador Eric S. Edelman is currently […]

Addressing Drivers of Extremism in Africa

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, USIP Program Officer, and Kate Almquist Knopf, the Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, discussed U.S. efforts to counter violent extremism in Africa. Kate Almquist Knopf Kate Almquist Knopf is the director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS), Ms. Knopf was most recently a senior advisor for the Crisis […]

Can Tunisia Survive Threats to Democratic Change?

Ambassador Frank Wisner and Linda Bishai, USIP North Africa Director, discussed the political and economic measures that the United States can take to help resist the spread of radical extremism in Tunisia. Ambassador Frank Wisner Ambassador Frank Wisner currently serves as International Affairs Advisor at Squire Patton Boggs in New York. He previously served as […]

Beyond Ukraine

Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations

JULY 20 – While much of the policy debate around the conflict in Ukraine has been focused on short-term solutions such as providing lethal military aid, less attention has been paid to the broader security implications across Eastern Europe and the overall role of NATO in the conflict. This event will address why the conflict in […]

Outlooks on Burma: Democracy, Human Rights, and Regional Significance

June 11: Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an off-the-record roundtable lunch discussion on “Outlooks on Burma: Democracy, Human Rights, and Regional Significance.” In November 2010, Burma held its first democratic elections after nearly 50 years under military junta rule. Still, challenges to Burma’s democratic transition […]

New Dynamics in the U.S.-Afghanistan Relationship

March 30: Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an off-the-record roundtable lunch discussion of the current situation in Afghanistan and the status of U.S.-Afghan relations following President Ashraf Ghani’s address before a joint session of Congress. The discussion focused on the implications of Afghanistan’s leadership transition […]

Nigeria: Elections, Boko Haram & the Future of US Relations

February 19th: PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record congressional staff discussion with Amb. Johnny Carson, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2009-2013), and Susan Stigant, Director of Africa Programs at USIP. Speakers discussed U.S.-Nigerian relations in the face of recent political, economic, and security developments in Nigeria. Due to security concerns, the February […]