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Faith and Fragile States: Political Stability and Religious Freedom

Faith and Fragile States: Political Stability and Religious Freedom

Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 / Time: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Religion influences both peace and conflict worldwide. Violent extremism is often framed in religious terms, and religious discrimination continues to increase as both a driver and symptom of conflict. But, religion drives peace and coexistence as well and religious actors are essential for advancing religious freedom. Efforts to engage religious actors in countering violent extremism (CVE) and interfaith peacebuilding must take this dichotomy into account.

Fragility & Resilience; Religion; Violent Extremism

Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking: Combating a Source of Terrorist Funding

Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking: Combating a Source of Terrorist Funding

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / Time: 8:45am - 9:45am

Illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking has destabilized local communities and devastated elephant, rhino, and endangered species populations across Africa. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed key successes, challenges, and next steps for U.S. policymakers.

Economics & Environment; Violent Extremism

Creating a Stable Peace in the Central African Republic

Creating a Stable Peace in the Central African Republic

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 / Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Despite holding the country’s first peaceful, democratic elections in 2015-2016, the Central African Republic continues to suffer from violent conflict. Tensions escalated back to crisis levels in the capital on April 8, with the situation remaining tenuous as armed actors, the CAR government, and international organizations weigh their options and consider the ramifications for the larger peace process.

Violent Extremism; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Countering Youth Engagement in Violence

Countering Youth Engagement in Violence

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 / Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Violent extremism has become one of the major challenges to stability in fragile states, characterized by weak, non-inclusive institutions, and lack of economic opportunity. Youth are often perceived as particularly vulnerable to recruitment into extremist groups. The U.S. Institute of Peace has funded several impact evaluations of peacebuilding interventions over the last few years, including two rigorous evaluations of Mercy Corps’ youth programming in Afghanistan and Somalia aimed at reducing support for armed opposition groups.

Youth; Violent Extremism

Countering Illicit Funding of Terrorism: A Congressional Approach

Countering Illicit Funding of Terrorism: A Congressional Approach

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 / Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Criminal and terrorist networks are exploiting today’s innovative technologies for their own gain, posing a direct threat to U.S. security and global stability. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been used to facilitate financing for terrorist groups, including ISIS, and rogue nation-states like North Korea. How can the United States and the international financial system better counter these nefarious uses of cryptocurrency to improve security and reduce global conflict? Join USIP on April 17 as the Institute’s second Bipartisan Congressional Dialogue examines this problem.

Economics & Environment; Global Policy; Violent Extremism

Iraq and Syria: Views from the U.S. Administration, Military Leaders and the Region

Iraq and Syria: Views from the U.S. Administration, Military Leaders and the Region

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 / Time: 10:00am - 2:30pm

U.S. Administration and military leaders, senior Iraqi representatives, and regional experts explored one of the most complex and consequential conflicts of our time. This event included a keynote panel with Stephen J. Hadley, General Joseph L. Votel, Ambassador Mark Green and Brett McGurk. USIP and guest experts navigated the key themes and provided insight on the terrain ahead in Iraq and Syria.

Democracy & Governance; Peace Processes; Violent Extremism

Progress on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan

Progress on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 / Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

USIP held an on-the-record presentation and discussion with Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar, which was webcast live on Thursday, March 22nd from 10:30am to 11:30am. NSA Atmar discussed the security challenges in Afghanistan and the path to peace and the recording is available for viewing.

Peace Processes; Violent Extremism

Bringing Armed Groups to the Peace Process in Afghanistan

Bringing Armed Groups to the Peace Process in Afghanistan

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 / Time: 9:30am - 11:00am

We invite you to join the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum at the U.S. Institute of Peace on January 25, as a panel of leading experts will discuss options for advancing peace talks, reaching an inclusive political settlement, and transitioning Taliban and other insurgents off the battlefield and into nonviolent politics.

Violent Extremism; Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Peace Processes

Religion and Countering Violent Extremism

Religion and Countering Violent Extremism

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 / Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

For a world in which more than 80 percent of people identify themselves as religious, the role of religious leaders, ideas, and institutions is critical to countering the many strains of violent extremism. On January 17 USIP held a discussion of the latest trends in policy and practice around the intersection of religion and its role in preventing and countering violent extremism.

Violent Extremism; Religion