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Myanmar Study Group Report Launch Last February, the Burmese army launched a coup and began reversing a decade of democratic and economic progress. In March 2021, USIP organized the Myanmar Study Group in response to the country’s evolving crisis. On the one-year anniversary of the military’s coup, on February 1, the Myanmar Study Group released its final report and USIP hosted a discussion on the study group’s findings and recommendations on topics such as the Burmese army, Myanmar’s economy, ethnic armed organizations, end state scenarios, humanitarian assistance, international actors and U.S. government policy alternatives.

Panelists
Lise Grande, opening remarks
President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Christina Fink
Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University

Daniel Twining
President, International Republican Institute

Derek Mitchell
Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar 

Jason Tower, 
Country Director, Myanmar, U.S. Institute of Peace

Priscilla Clapp
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/myanmar-study-group-report-launch
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Myanmar Study Group Report Launch Last February, the Burmese army launched a coup and began reversing a decade of democratic and economic progress. In March 2021, USIP organized the Myanmar Study Group in response to the country’s evolving crisis. On the one-year anniversary of the military’s coup, on February 1, the Myanmar Study Group released its final report and USIP hosted a discussion on the study group’s findings and recommendations on topics such as the Burmese army, Myanmar’s economy, ethnic armed organizations, end state scenarios, humanitarian assistance, international actors and U.S. government policy alternatives.

Panelists
Lise Grande, opening remarks
President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Christina Fink
Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University

Daniel Twining
President, International Republican Institute

Derek Mitchell
Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar 

Jason Tower, 
Country Director, Myanmar, U.S. Institute of Peace

Priscilla Clapp
Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/myanmar-study-group-report-launch
PeaceCon@10: Closing Keynote - Hope Springs Eternal PeaceCon@10: COVID, Climate, and Conflict: Rising to the Challenges of a Disrupted World, explored how the peacebuilding field can address these pressing short and long-term challenges to achieve a more peaceful and secure world. On January 26, following a series of breakout sessions hosted by the Alliance for Peacebuilding, participants re-joined USIP for a fireside chat with closing keynote speaker Robert Jenkins of USAID.

Speakers
Robert Jenkins
Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization, USAID

Lise Grande, 
President & CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Liz Hume, moderator
Executive Director, Alliance for Peacebuilding

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/peacecon10
PeaceCon@10: Rising to the Challenge of Climate Change On January 26, USIP and the Alliance for Peacebuilding hosted a plenary panel discussion to address the relationship among climate change, conflict and fragility, and consider strategies for the international community to address the peace and security implications of these issues as well as the ongoing pandemic.

Speakers
Ambassador Frederic Gateretse-Ngoga, introductory remarks
Head of Conflict Prevention and Early Warning Division, African Union Commission

Polly Byers
CEO, Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

Gillian Caldwell
Agency Climate Change Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID

Patrick Youssef
Regional Director, Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross

Andrew Revkin, moderator
Director, Initiative on Communication Innovation and Impact, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/peacecon10
Does the U.S. Strategy for Central Asia Address the Region’s Current Problems? In February 2020, the State Department published a public version of the U.S strategy for Central Asia, which placed particular emphasis on supporting Afghanistan and democracy in the region, in addition to economic goals. On January 27, USIP hosted a discussion on what a strategy for Central Asia could look like going forward given the significant change and uncertainty in the region.

Speakers
Lesslie Viguerie, introductory remarks
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asian and Pakistan Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Gavin Helf, moderator
Senior Expert, Central Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace

Ambassador (Ret.) Richard Hoagland
Chair, Security and Politics Program, Caspian Policy Center; Former U.S Ambassador to Kazakhstan 

Jennifer Murtazashvili 
Associate Professor and Director, Center for Governance and Markets, University of Pittsburgh

S. Frederick Starr 
Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute 

Navbahor Imamova
Multimedia Journalist, Voice of America’s Uzbek Service 

Donald Jensen 
Director, Russia and Strategic Stability, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/does-us-strategy-central-asia-address-regions-current-problems
Resolving the Legacies of Agent Orange The United States sprayed Agent Orange and related herbicides on 10,160 square miles of South Vietnam from 1961-1971, exposing millions of Vietnamese citizens and U.S. soldiers to dangerous dioxins and seriously affecting at least 150,000 Vietnamese children born after the war. On January 25, USIP hosted a discussion on its Vietnam War Legacies and Reconciliation Initiative -- the first in a series of seminars designed to offer diverse perspectives on U.S.-Vietnam cooperation concerning war legacies.

Speakers
Andrew Wells-Dang, introductory remarks  
Senior Expert, Vietnam, U.S. Institute of Peace 

Charles Bailey 
Former Director, Agent Orange in Vietnam Program, Aspen Institute 

Susan Berresford 
Former President, Ford Foundation; Convenor of the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin 

Phan Xuân Dũng 
Research Officer, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/resolving-legacies-agent-orange
30 Years Later: El Salvador’s Peace Accords This January marks the 30th anniversary of El Salvador’s peace accords between the government and left-wing guerrillas, which ended a decade-long civil war that claimed at least 75,000 lives. On January 20, USIP and the Due Process of Law Foundation held a discussion that examined what the 1992 peace agreement achieved, where and why it fell short, and what both domestic and international actors can do to help El Salvador address ongoing struggles with violence, polarization and impunity.

Speakers
Keith Mines, moderator
Director, Latin America Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

Leonor Arteaga
Program Director, Due Process of Law Foundation

Douglass Cassel
Former Legal Advisor, U.N. Commission on the Truth for El Salvador; Professor Emeritus, School of Law, University of Notre Dame

Gino Costa
Former Advisor, U.N. Observer Mission in El Salvador; Member of the Peruvian Congress

Alvaro de Soto
Former U.N. Representative for the Central American Peace Process; Professor, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/30-years-later-el-salvadors-peace-accords
Peace and Security Issues at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Chinese and African political leaders met last year in Senegal for the eighth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). On January 19, USIP hosted a discussion on the key takeaways from FOCAC 2021, China's long-term strategy in Africa's peace and security landscape, how China's bilateral relationships in Africa affect conflict dynamics — for example, in Ethiopia, where China has played an outsized economic role — and what it all means for U.S. foreign policy.

Speakers
Lise Grande, opening remarks
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Abdul Hakeem Ajijola
Chair, African Union Cyber Security Expert Group 

Garth le Pere
Professor, University of Pretoria; Senior Associate, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection

Heather Ashby, moderator
Senior Program Officer, Strategic Security and Stability, U.S. Institute of Peace

Joseph Sany, closing remarks
Vice President, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/peace-and-security-issues-forum-china-africa-cooperation
Defending Pluralism, Encouraging Tolerance and Building Democracy in Pakistan Rivets Learning, with support from USIP, has recently published a book of seven essays, “Pakistan Here and Now: Insights into Society, Culture, Identity and Diaspora”, that attempts to decipher the interplay of external discourse and local narratives of diversity and inclusion to help reshape the discussion around combating violent extremism in Pakistan. On January 18, USIP as hosted the book’s editor and several contributors for a discussion on the context and development of extremist narratives in Pakistan, as well as how they can be countered by a focus on inclusion and tolerance.

Speakers
Harris Khalique 
Poet and Editor of “Pakistan Here and Now”

Fatimah Ihsan
Head of Gender Studies Department, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; Contributor, “Pakistan Here and Now” 

Hasan Zaidi 
Editor for Magazines, DAWN Group; Contributor, “Pakistan Here and Now” 

Adnan Rafiq, moderator
Country Director, Pakistan, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/defending-pluralism-encouraging-tolerance-and-building-democracy-pakistan
Is Governance the Taliban’s Achilles Heel? On January 12, USIP hosted a discussion with leading experts on the Taliban’s approach to governing Afghanistan so far — as well as how the United States and international community can assist the Afghan people despite the challenges the Taliban pose as the country’s sole authority.

Speakers
Scott Worden, moderator 
Director, Afghanistan & Central Asia, U.S Institute of Peace

Rahmatullah Amiri
Independent Researcher and Author

Palwasha Kakar
Interim Director, Religion and Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute of Peace

Asfandyar Mir, PhD
Senior Expert, Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace

Andrew Watkins
Senior Expert, Afghanistan, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/governance-talibans-achilles-heel
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