FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 17, 2012
Contact: Allison Sturma, 202-429-4725
 
(WASHINGTON) – A year after popular uprisings began to sweep several North African authoritarian regimes from power, the United States Institute of Peace is deeply engaged in efforts to manage conflict and promote peace in the region.  Steven Riskin, a Middle East specialist at USIP, will lead a public conversation on developments in the Middle East and USIP’s work at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the University of South Carolina.
 
USIP is the nation’s global conflict management center, with headquarters in Washington, DC, and a field presence in Baghdad, Kabul, and Islamabad.
 
Earlier in the day, Riskin, who currently serves as USIP’s special assistant for grants, will lead a workshop to help practitioners, policy makers and academics better understand the grant-making process.   Riskin, who has more than 25 years of experience in philanthropy, including ten years with the Ford Foundation, will address multiple aspects of project design—from concept to implementation to impact assessment, preparing and targeting a proposal, and identifying and communicating with potential donors.
 
“These are at once promising, risky, dangerous and uncertain times as uprisings and political change engulf countries across the Middle East—posing complex challenges for policymakers and other seeking to advance peace in the region,” said Riskin.
The public conversation will be held in Lumpkin Auditorium on the 8th floor of the University’s BA Building beginning from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.  Following his remarks, Riskin will take questions from the audience.
 
Additional Resources
  • Grant Highlights
    Read about specific USIP funded programs that are helping to prevent conflict and build peace in conflict zones around the world
  • Annual Grant Competition
    The Annual Grant program supports academic and applied research, the identification of promising models and effective practices, and the development of practitioner resources, tools, and training programs related to conflict management, international peace and security and peacebuilding. 
  • Priority Grant Competition
    The Priority Grant program supports non-profit organizations working in or on Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, and the theme of communication and peacebuilding.
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The United States Institute of Peace is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC. To learn more visit www.usip.org.

 

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