Conflict Briefing Series

ABOUT

The Conflict Briefing Series is a joint effort by Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The series, started in 2012, is an educational program designed to provide congressional staff with opportunities to engage leading experts and fellow Capitol Hill staffers in bipartisan forums. The program aims to build cross-party relationships, encourage bipartisan dialogue, and equip staff with new perspectives on critical issues in the international conflict resolution and prevention field.

The series has engaged hundreds of congressional policy advisers and has featured events on conflict resolution in countries including North Korea, Colombia, Iraq, Ukraine, Syria, Tunisia, and South Sudan. Experts affiliated with AEI, the Heritage Foundation, the Wilson Center, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, Brookings, the Atlantic Council, the German Marshal Fund, and many others have spoken at events for this series. Notable speakers include General John Allen, Ambassador Bill Taylor, Ambassador James Jeffrey, General Jan-Marc Jouas, and Ambassador Thomas Pickering.

NEWS AND EVENTS

Turning the Tide on US-Turkey Relations

On April 19th, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Eric Edelman and…

U.S. Military Presence in Africa

On February 22nd, the United States Institute of Peace’s Director…

The Future of US-Pakistan Relations

On February 12th, the United States Institute of Peace’s Associate…

USIP-PSA Mark Six Years for Joint Congressional Series

In January, The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and Partnership…

Today in Ukraine: Corruption, Riots & Russia at the Gates

On December 15th, United States Institute of Peace Executive…

Kurdistan Referendum Crisis: Next Steps for U.S. Policy

On November 13th, United States Institute of Peace Director for…

Prospects for Peace on the Korean Peninsula: U.S. and China

On October 16th, United States Institute of Peace Director for…

America's Longest War: The Future of Afghanistan

On August 29th, United States Institute of Peace Director for…

A Destabilized Middle East: Impacts on Jordan and Lebanon

On July 31st, United States Institute of Peace Senior Policy…

How To Avoid Liberating Mosul a Third Time

On June 19th, United States Institute of Peace Director for Middle…

Building Peace in Afghanistan: Next Steps for U.S. Policy

On May 18th, United States Institute of Peace Vice President…

South Sudan: Congress' Role in Building a Sustainable Peace

On April 10th, South Sudan experts Ambassador Princeton Lyman…

USIP: A National Security Resource For Congress

On February 8th, Ambassador Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President…
USIP-PSA Congressional Briefings

USIP-PSA Celebrate 35th Event of Briefing Series

On November 3rd, The United States Institute of Peace (USIP)…

Iraq: What Congress Can Do

On November 3rd, Iraq experts Sarhang Hamasaeed of United…
Afghanistan

Afghanistan and Transition

On October 20th,  Andrew Wilder of United States Institute of…
Colombia

Colombia: What's Next For the Peace Agenda

On October 13th, Amb. Roger Noriega, former U.S. Ambassador…
NATO

NATO Challenges: Turkey & Ukraine

On September 12, Amb. Bill Taylor, Executive Vice President,…
Colombia

Colombia & Its Neighbors: Between Peace and Chaos

On July 20, Ambassador Roger Noriega, Former Assistant Secretary of…
Peace-building in ISIS-Ceared Areas

Peace-building in ISIS Cleared Areas

On June 29, four experts from the United States Institute of…
Update on Tunisia

An Update on Tunisia

On May 3rd, Congressman Jim Kolbe, Former U.S. Congressman (R-AZ)…

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

Dr. Maria Stephan, Senior Policy Fellow at the US Institute of…

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,…

Crossroads of Crisis: Turkey Today

Ambassador Eric Edelman, former Ambassador to Turkey, and Alan…

Addressing Drivers of Extremism in Africa

Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, USIP Program Officer, and Kate Almquist…

Can Tunisia Survive Threats to Democratic Change?

Ambassador Frank Wisner and Linda Bishai, USIP North Africa Director,…
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…

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

June 11: Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United…

Understanding the Dynamics of Conflict in Yemen

May 11: Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United…

New Dynamics in the U.S.-Afghanistan Relationship

March 30: Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United…

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

February 19th: PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record congressional…

Defining U.S. Goals & Policy on Pakistan in 2015

JAN 15 - Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United…

Congressional Working Series on Future U.S. Afghanistan Policy

OCT Series - As the last days of campaign season heated up outside…

PSA/USIP: The Inside Scoop - Developments in Syria, Impacts on Iraq, U.S. Levant Policy

MAY 15 - Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United…

PSA/USIP Capitol Hill Briefing: A Report from Inside Iran with Robin Wright

Public Briefing JAN 13 - Author and journalist Robin Wright,…

PSA/USIP Lunch Briefing - The Budget & U.S. Foreign Affairs

NOV 20 - The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United…

PSA/USIP Host Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

On September 17th, the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA)…

PSA/USIP Host an Afternoon with USIP Experts

PSA and USIP offered Congressional staff a chance to speak with…

The PSA/USIP Series: Ambassador Johnnie Carson - Why We Can No Longer Ignore Africa

The Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) and the United States…

PSA/USIP Host - Former Congressman Jim Kolbe: Reforming US Defense Cooperation with Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia

The PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International…

A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Pickering

PSA and USIP held a discussion with Ambassador Thomas Pickering…

Off-the-Record with Amb. Fred Hof and Dr. Steven Heydemann

PSA and USIP held a small round-table discussion on recent events…