Afghanistan

Afghanistan and Transition

On October 20th,  Andrew Wilder of United States Institute of Peace and Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and what issues Congress should focus on during the upcoming change in administrations. Ken Katzman senior analyst at the Congressional Research Services moderated the discussion. This event was the second in a three-part series on foreign […]

Colombia

Colombia: What’s Next For the Peace Agenda

On October 13th, Amb. Roger Noriega, former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States & Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere, discussed recent developments in Colombia, including the fallout of the peace deal referendum in Colombia and the future of the peace negotiations between the Colombian Government and FARC leaders. June Beittel from the Congressional Research […]

NATO

NATO Challenges: Turkey & Ukraine

On September 12, Amb. Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President, United States Institute of Peace, and Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council, will discuss recent developments and challenges facing NATO due to recent major events. Turkey and Ukraine pose unique and potentially long-term challenges for NATO. These challenges have forced American policy-makers to grapple with […]

Colombia

Colombia & Its Neighbors: Between Peace and Chaos

On July 20, Ambassador Roger Noriega, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2003-2005), and Virginia Bouvier, Senior Advisor for Peace Proccesses at USIP,  discussed the current state of affairs in South America. Ambassador Noreiga and Ms. Bouvier described recent advances in the Colombian peace process, the situation in Venezuela, the political and health issues in Brazil, and other issues facing South […]

Peace-building in ISIS-Ceared Areas

Peace-building in ISIS Cleared Areas

On June 29, four experts from the United States Institute of Peace discussed the current situation in Iraq and examples of reconciliation in ISIS-cleared areas. The briefing also discussed similar preparatory efforts for Ramadi and Mosul post liberation. The panelists shared their experiences in building local peace in Iraq during the past 10 years and their […]

Update on Tunisia

An Update on Tunisia

On May 3rd, Congressman Jim Kolbe, Former U.S. Congressman (R-AZ) 1985-2007, and Linda Bishai, USIP North Africa Director, provided staffers with an update on Tunisia. They discussed recent developments in Tunisian politics and security since the Arab Spring and also gave staffers a look at grass roots efforts to build peace among different factions in […]

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 […]