Tyler Beckelman is the director of International Partnerships at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he strengthens relationships between USIP and global policy partners, including U.S. government departments, intergovernmental organizations, multilateral, and non-governmental organizations. He has over 15 years of policy, programming and partnership-building experience in conflict and transitional contexts.

Prior to joining the institute, Beckelman served as the director of USAID's Somalia Field Office based in Nairobi, Kenya and Mogadishu, Somalia, and as a senior advisor and Africa Division chief in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security.

From 2012-13, Beckelman served on the National Security Council as director for African Affairs, coordinating U.S. policy in 15 countries in East and Southern Africa and advising senior officials. From 2010-2012, he oversaw stabilization and political transition programs in Yemen, South Sudan and Zimbabwe for USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives.

He began his U.S. Government career overseeing humanitarian response programs in Darfur, Sudan and spent over five years implementing humanitarian activities in Sudan, South Sudan, Chad and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining USAID, Beckelman worked at the Roundtable on Sustainable Development in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

Beckelman earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, international studies, and economics from Macalester College, and a master’s on conflict resolution from Georgetown University.

Publications By Tyler

Amid COVID, We Need Enhanced International Coordination to Build Peace

Amid COVID, We Need Enhanced International Coordination to Build Peace

Thursday, July 23, 2020

By: Jonathan Papoulidis; Corinne Graff; Tyler Beckelman

As the humanitarian and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, so does the risk that this crisis will fuel new conflicts around the world, while stymying prospects for resolving ongoing ones. The global health crisis is triggering devastating levels of food insecurity and unemployment, especially in the world’s most fragile states, where the social contract between citizens and the state is severed and societies are fragmented and vulnerable to violence. These trends will almost certainly lead to a future spike in instability across these countries, unless concerted international action is taken.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global Health; Fragility & Resilience

U.N. Finally Endorses a COVID Cease-fire: Will it Make a Difference?

U.N. Finally Endorses a COVID Cease-fire: Will it Make a Difference?

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

By: Tyler Beckelman; Amanda Long

After months of negotiation and diplomatic wrangling, the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) on July 1 unanimously adopted resolution 2532, endorsing U.N. Secretary-General Guterres’ late March call for a global cease-fire. Diplomats in New York hailed the resolution as an overdue win for multilateralism, while Pope Francis called for the resolution to be implemented “effectively and promptly.” Coming months after the secretary-general’s original cease-fire call and the global spread of the pandemic, will the resolution help bring peace?

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global Health; Global Policy

Is the International Community Missing an Opportunity To Advance Peace?

Is the International Community Missing an Opportunity To Advance Peace?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

By: Tyler Beckelman

On March 23, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for a global cease-fire to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet over eight weeks later, the Security Council has not been able to muster consensus on a resolution to support even a humanitarian, time-limited cease-fire, despite early and repeated warnings about the potential devastation that the virus will bring to conflict zones.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global Health; Global Policy

The Coronavirus Requires Global Cooperation—Now

The Coronavirus Requires Global Cooperation—Now

Monday, March 30, 2020

By: Tyler Beckelman

As the world’s privileged cope with the COVID pandemic through telework and sheltering at home, millions of people face grim struggles for survival, packed into informal settlements or camps for people already displaced in war-torn or fragile states. Governments have missed opportunities for a stronger international response, partly because of great-power rivalries. The economically powerful Group of 20 nations and international financial institutions have made a start at buoying the world’s economy—but other multilateral forums are mired in stasis. The U.N. Security Council should act to get ahead of the pandemic in fragile states and seize the moment to advance peace in some of the world’s most intractable conflicts.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global Health; Global Policy; Fragility & Resilience

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