United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two world wars and the Irish Republic's withdrawal from the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO and the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The UK is also an active member of the EU, although it chose to remain outside the Economic and Monetary Union. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999. The latter was suspended until May 2007 due to wrangling over the peace process, but devolution was fully completed in March 2010.

Iran Agreement Sets Agenda for Talks Toward Larger Pact

The agreement delineates a plan for real, cooperative activities that achieve initial goals for each side: some of the sanctions relief sought by Iran, and Tehran’s freeze on nuclear progress sought by the P5+1 group (made up of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the U.S., U.K., France, Russia and China, plus Germany).

Obama Urges Choices for Peace in Northern Ireland and Beyond

Obama was speaking in Belfast’s glass-fronted Waterfront Hall before traveling on to a meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries at a golf resort in Enniskillen. The 1998 Good Friday Agreement, negotiated with the shepherding of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, ended the long-running conflict between Northern Ireland’s Catholics and Protestants. But barriers remain even today, including 100 barricades, or “peace lines” of brick, steel and barbed wire, according to the Associated Press.

New Book Draws Policy Lessons from Northern Ireland Crisis

In the new book “The British State and the Northern Ireland Crisis, 1969-73” (United States Institute of Peace), author William Beattie Smith traces the evolution of British policy in Northern Ireland from 1969 to 1973 and depicts how easily a conflict over national identity can turn into bloodshed. In four case studies of British policymaking, Smith goes beyond the traditional historical narrative to test hypotheses and systematically identify patterns that could recur under comparable conditions in other times and places.
 

For Immediate Release, May 16, 2011
Contact: Meg Pierannunzi, 202-429-4736
              Allison Sturma, 202-429-4725

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 12:56
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On the Issues: Iran and P5+1 Talks

USIP expert Dan Brumberg previews the upcoming talks with Iran and provides background on the current situation.

January 18, 2011

USIP expert Dan Brumberg previews the upcoming P5 +1 talks with Iran and provides background on the current situation.

Dan Brumberg
Tue, 01/18/2011 - 12:23
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Faint Progress in Geneva?

Daniel Brumberg, Senior Adviser at USIP's Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, offers analysis on the "Iran-P5+1" talks held in Geneva, Switzerland on December 6-7, 2010.

It might be said that when it comes to the interminable effort to resolve the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program, the good news is that the December 6-7, “Iran-P5+1” talks in Geneva even took place. Framed by the low expectations that all participants shared going into the talks, the one decision to come out of this meeting, namely to hold a second round of negotiations in January, represents faint but modest progress.

Daniel Brumberg
Thu, 12/16/2010 - 11:44
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USIP Book Launch Explores Iran's Seriousness

After 30 years of estrangement, the Obama administration is now engaged with Iran in hopes of a deal to ensure Iran’s nuclear energy program is not subverted to make nuclear weapons. On December 1, 2010, Iran experts explored important trends inside Iran and in its dealings with the outside world at the U.S. Institute of Peace’s launch of “The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy.”

Cheryl Saferstein

After 30 years of estrangement, the Obama administration is now engaged with Iran in hopes of a deal to ensure Iran’s nuclear energy program is not subverted to make nuclear weapons. On December 1, 2010, Iran experts explored important trends inside Iran and in its dealings with the outside world at the U.S. Institute of Peace’s launch of “The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy.”

Mon, 12/13/2010 (All day)
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The British State and the Northern Ireland Crisis, 1969-73

Focusing on four case studies, William Beattie Smith traces the evolution of British policy from 1969–73 and depicts how easily a conflict over national identity can turn into bloodshed, grief, and horror; and how difficult it is to restore peace once a serious fight has started.

William Beattie Smith
Sun, 05/01/2011 - 14:13

Countering Radicalization: Lessons from Europe

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 14:00
Wed, 12/15/2010 - 15:30
Public Event

To celebrate the release of the USIP Special Report “Countering Radicalization in America,” by 2009-10 Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Lorenzo Vidino, please join us as we discuss how the U.S. can avoid further radical terrorist threats from within.

United States Institute of Peace
2nd Floor Conference Room
1200 17th St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Inquiries

If you have any questions about this event please contact Janene Sawers at jsawers@usip.org or 202-429-3853.

(NYT)Recent attempted terrorist attacks from Times Square to Portland, Oregon by American Muslims have raised questions about the risks of radicalization in the United States. In response, several agencies in the U.S. government have begun devising a comprehensive counterradicalization strategy.

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Next Steps on START

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 14:00
Mon, 10/26/2009 - 16:00
Public Event

On October 26, 2009, USIP held a panel discussion with Amb. Linton Brooks, Joseph Cirincione, and Thomas Scheber on next steps for the START process and the START Follow-on Treaty.

United States Institute of Peace
1200 17th Street, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036


Please contact Brian Rose at brose@usip.org if you have questions about this event.

In its final report the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States urged that the United States, "[make] the first step on U.S.-Russian arms control modest and straight-forward in order to rejuvenate the process and ensure that there is a successor to the START I agreement before it expires at the end of 2009.  The United States and Russia should not over-reach for innovative approaches."

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Working Effectively in Post-Conflict and Reconstruction Situations: Tools for Communication, Collaboration, and Negotiation

This biannual workshop brought together 33 participants from humanitarian NGOs, US government agencies, U.S. and U.K. military and international organizations all involved in relief and peace operations. USIP Professional Training Director George Ward and Professional Training Officer Nina Sughrue used exercises and simulations to help participants develop their skills in negotiation, conflict analysis, cross-cultural communication and mediation.

This biannual workshop brought together 33 participants from humanitarian NGOs, US government agencies, U.S. and U.K. military and international organizations all involved in relief and peace operations. USIP Professional Training Director George Ward and Professional Training Officer Nina Sughrue used exercises and simulations to help participants develop their skills in negotiation, conflict analysis, cross-cultural communication and mediation.

Mon, 09/27/2004 - 20:38
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Articles & Analysis

November 25, 2013

The agreement with Iran penned in Geneva is a significant step because it creates an agenda for cooperative and reciprocal action between Iran and its powerful foes that has not existed before. Without such a deal – even one as short-lived as this six-month framework – no larger agreement is really possible.

Our Work in the Field

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In the new book “The British State and the Northern Ireland Crisis, 1969-73” (United States Institute of Peace), author William Beattie Smith traces the evolution of British policy in Northern Ireland from 1969 to 1973 and depicts how easily a conflict over national identity can turn into bloodshed. In four case studies of British policymaking, Smith goes beyond the traditional historical narrative to test hypotheses and systematically identify patterns that could recur under comparable conditions in other times and places.  
USIP expert Dan Brumberg previews the upcoming talks with Iran and provides background on the current situation.