Wednesday, May 16, 2018
An international peace advocate shared her experiences with war, its aftermath and people affected by armed conflicts Tuesday at a Washington State University Foley Institute talk. Colette Rausch, associate vice president of global practice and innovation at the United States Institute of Peace, a federally funded Washington D.C.-based organization that studies global conflicts, said the U.S. is lucky to have a developed justice system.
In 2012, a few months after Muammar Gaddafi’s regime fell, I was in Libya holding a workshop on how to build the rule of law in the wake of dictatorship and conflict. The workshop participants were the kinds of people I had come to expect — community leaders, academics, lawyers, human rights activists, and others with a professional interest in peacebuilding. All except for one man.
Not many people know that the United States has a federally funded peacekeeping program. The U.S. Institute of Peace (usip) sends people overseas to countries that are having internal conflicts — including civil wars — and tries to bring together opposing sides and ideologies to talk and find common interests.
The US Institute of Peace's Colette Rausch will be appearing at Elliott Bay with Khitam Al-Khaghani, one of the project interviewers. Colette will be in the Seattle area from Aug. 3 - 17; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to know ...