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Electing a President: Examining Liberia’s 2017 Experience

Electing a President: Examining Liberia’s 2017 Experience

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017 / Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The U.S. Institute of Peace was pleased to co-host a public event with the Friends of Liberia to discuss the 2017 Liberia elections, and its importance for peace and development in the country. The panel included country experts and election practitioners, including Linda Thomas-Greenfield former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Ambassador to Liberia.

Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance; Justice, Security & Rule of Law

Afghanistan 2017: A Survey of Public Perceptions

Afghanistan 2017: A Survey of Public Perceptions

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 / Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

The recent escalation of attacks in Kabul underscores the crucial questions of security, economic stability and reconciliation that still confront President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah, despite the significant progress Afghanistan has made. Those questions and other pressing issues facing the country are the subject of the Asia Foundation’s 2017 Survey of the Afghan People. On Tuesday, November 14, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted the foundation’s presentation of the findings and a discussion of the trends in citizens’ views over time.

Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Democracy & Governance; Fragility and Resilience

Expanding the Role of Youth in Building Peace, Security

Expanding the Role of Youth in Building Peace, Security

Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 / Time: 9:30am - 11:00am

On August 8, USIP held a discussion of new ideas and resources for strengthening the role of youth who are reducing violence, improving security, and opposing violent extremism in their countries. This forum was co-sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the international peacebuilding organization Search for Common Ground, and YouthPower, which promotes positive youth development globally.

Youth; Violent Extremism; Justice, Security & Rule of Law

Iraq & Syria: ISIS’ Fall Will Change the Game, But How?

Iraq & Syria: ISIS’ Fall Will Change the Game, But How?

Date: Friday, June 30, 2017 / Time: 9:30am - 10:00am

U.S.-backed military offensives, at Mosul in Iraq and at Raqqa in Syria, are squeezing the Islamic State (ISIS) from its last territorial strongholds. But what will replace ISIS rule? Persistent conflicts in both countries, including new ones fueled by ISIS’ brutal rise, continue to undermine stability. Can Iraq steady itself, even as ethnic Kurds have called a referendum on independence? In eastern Syria, what groups might fill the post-ISIS power vacuum? Will ISIS even be truly eliminated? On June 30, experts from the U.S. Institute of Peace held a Facebook Live discussion on the rising challenges.

Violent Extremism; Reconciliation; Justice, Security & Rule of Law

When Women in War Aren’t Victims: A Security Blindspot

When Women in War Aren’t Victims: A Security Blindspot

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 / Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

The prototype of a woman in a war zone is still dominated by the image of a passive victims or, more recently at least, that of an activist working for peace and equal rights. Rarely do researchers and assistance efforts consider the unique role and impact of women agents of violence—combatants, spies, supporters. On March 1, the U.S. Institute of Peace held an event looking at examples from World War II, the Soviet-Afghan War and jihadi organizations to examine this blind spot in our analysis of war—and how it hampers our responses.

Gender; Violent Extremism; Justice, Security & Rule of Law