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South Sudan: From Independence to Civil War

South Sudan: From Independence to Civil War

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 / Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

South Sudan’s civil war is one of the most brutal and destructive conflicts of the 21st century. Could the war have been prevented? Could some of the atrocities and misery caused by the war have been avoided? On July 19 the U.S. Institute of Peace and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide hosted a discussion on what lessons should be learned from U.S. policy toward South Sudan in the years leading up to and during the civil war.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Fragility & Resilience; Peace Processes

Addressing Sexual Violence Through Peace Processes

Addressing Sexual Violence Through Peace Processes

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

A recent survey on the prevalence of sexual violence against women in the armed conflict in Colombia, supported by Oxfam, provides quantitative information for the period 2010-2015. An analysis of its findings is crucial to understand how to address the problem in the context of transitional justice as part of a peace process. The event will discuss the survey, inclusion of provisions addressing sexual violence in the Colombian government-FARC peace agreement, and the challenges of implementation as a new government is about to take office in Colombia.

Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Gender; Peace Processes

The Long Search for Peace in Afghanistan

The Long Search for Peace in Afghanistan

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 / Time: 1:30pm - 5:00pm

Following President Ashraf Ghani’s late February peace offer to the Taliban, a series of major international conferences that consolidated support for a peace deal, and a wave of pro-peace demonstrations across Afghanistan crucial questions remain: What it will take to get the Taliban to join peace talks in earnest? What will a prospective peace agreement look like? How does the peace process affect the Afghan and international military campaign?

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Reconciliation; Peace Processes

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

Second Annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference

Second Annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 / Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

This year marks the centennial of Georgia’s independence and the establishment of the First Republic in 1918 and the 10th year since the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Please join the U.S. Institute of Peace, Embassy of Georgia and the Heritage Foundation in welcoming The Honorable Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, for the Second Annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference. Renowned experts will explore the current state of regional affairs, focusing on the geopolitical interests of the United States and Georgia.

Peace Processes; Democracy & Governance; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Can Inclusive Peace Processes Work?

Can Inclusive Peace Processes Work?

Date: Friday, May 18, 2018 / Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

Too often, peace processes only include dueling parties—leaving women; religious, indigenous, and ethnic groups; youth; and survivors of violence excluded from critical discussions that shape the future landscape of a country. Yet, sidelining their voices often results in a resurgence of conflict and fails to achieve comprehensive or sustainable peace.

Peace Processes; Reconciliation

Afghanistan in 2020: Is Peace Possible?

Afghanistan in 2020: Is Peace Possible?

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 / Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

The search for peace has become a central focus of Afghanistan policy in Washington and for Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered the Taliban constitutional reform and status as a legitimate political party in late February on the condition that the group makes peace. In recent months, the Taliban have also publicly offered talks with the U.S. and prominent Afghan powerbrokers, and high-profile peace demonstrations in conflict-torn Helmand province have spread across much of the country.

Peace Processes; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Colombia Peace Forum: Elections & Peace Processes in Colombia

Colombia Peace Forum: Elections & Peace Processes in Colombia

Date: Monday, April 16, 2018 / Time: 9:30am - 11:30am

With the composition of Colombia’s next Congress set, jockeying and coalition-building among the main candidates is fully underway ahead of the May 27 presidential polls. The outcome will have important implications for the precarious implementation of the 2016 FARC peace accord, which has yet to tackle key political and agrarian reforms, and the next president will also have to chart a way forward for the dialogues with the ELN as talks in Quito race against the clock to design a new indefinite bilateral ceasefire and cement the parameters for public participation in future negotiations.

Electoral Violence; Peace Processes

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