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Can Power-sharing Arrangements Deliver Peace?

Can Power-sharing Arrangements Deliver Peace?

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 / Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Power-sharing arrangements are often touted 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 citizens?

Democracy & Governance; Fragility & Resilience; Peace Processes

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

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

Date: Monday, May 21, 2018 / Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

On May 12, Iraqis 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 both U.S. and Iranian influence in Iraq—won the most seats, as incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s coalition came in third. While the election campaign saw Iraqis turn toward a focus on issues and away from sectarianism, low turnout figures demonstrate that many are disenchanted with the political system.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Fragility & Resilience

Time for Action in the Western Balkans

Time for Action in the Western Balkans

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018 / Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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 violent strife. Please join the U.S. Institute of Peace to hear from the authors of the report—all veterans of U.S. diplomacy in the Balkans and Europe—as they present a strategy for the United States and Europe, working in a revitalized partnership, to forestall a downward spiral in the Western Balkans, which could potentially lead to fractured states and widespread instability on Europe’s borders.

Democracy & Governance; Fragility & Resilience; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Hidden Wounds: Trauma and Civilians in the Syrian Conflict

Hidden Wounds: Trauma and Civilians in the Syrian Conflict

Date: Monday, April 16, 2018 / Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

The psychosocial impact of the Syrian conflict is less often acknowledged, but could have a lasting impact on the ability of Syrian civilians to recover and build a more peaceful future and possibly lead to a lost generation of Syrian children.  Please join USIP and specialists from the Syrian American Medical Society, the U.S State Department and Save the Children for a panel discussion, addressing an aspect of the Syrian conflict that often receives less attention than it deserves.

Youth; Fragility & Resilience; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Ending Civil Wars

Ending Civil Wars

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018 / Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm

As a part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ ongoing project on Civil Wars, Violence and International Responses, the second volume of a special issue of the journal Dædalus was released in January 2018 to explore trends in civil wars and solutions moving forward. Join us as experts discuss their findings and recommendations on how the United States can better respond to intrastate conflict and promote both development and stability to create lasting peace.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Fragility & Resilience

Overcoming Violence: A Conversation with Women of Courage

Overcoming Violence: A Conversation with Women of Courage

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 / Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Women are struggling every day for peace and security in their communities, whether as parliamentarians seeking to preserve the constitutional rights of marginalized groups or as filmmakers prompting change through challenging community discourse. To amplify these voices, the U.S. Institute of Peace, with the U.S. Department of State, hosted an event featuring three of the 2018 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage awardees.

Gender; Fragility & Resilience

Colombian Human Rights Defenders Navigate Post-Accord Challenges

Colombian Human Rights Defenders Navigate Post-Accord Challenges

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 / Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

The government’s peace accord with the former FARC rebels presents a historic opportunity to work towards the construction of a democratic Colombia that addresses the wrongs of the past and charts a new course toward equality, justice, and prosperity. At the heart of this process are human rights defenders and civil society organizations, who play a vital role in addressing the underlying economic and social root causes of violence and holding stakeholders accountable to the commitments of the accords.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Fragility & Resilience; Peace Processes

Preventing Atrocities in the 21st Century

Preventing Atrocities in the 21st Century

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 / Time: 9:00am - 11:00am

In 2017, a half-million Rohingya fled attacks on their homes in Burma. Eight million face starvation amid Yemen’s war. Atrocities against civilians continue in Syria, South Sudan and elsewhere. What lessons did we learn from the Holocaust – if any? And how can we strengthen norms and institutions to prevent future atrocities more effectively? On January 30, USIP hosted a discussion on the state of atrocity prevention with leading experts.

Human Rights; Fragility & Resilience