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www.usip.org What USIP Does: - Serves as a nonpartisan government partner and trusted intermediary among foreign governments, civil society, and U.S. government officials. - Works in conflict zones at the community level and with national and regional governments, with a focus on connecting top-down and bottom-up initiatives. - Applies research through training, education, policy recommendations, and application of best practices. - Partners with stakeholders around the world to research, support, and advance strategies to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. - Draws on its exceptional convening power to bring together diverse audiences to exchange knowledge and ideas necessary for developing solutions to the most pressing peace and security challenges. Learn more about how USIP advances peace and U.S. national security here: https://www.usip.org/about

Mission: To prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and linking analysis, training, and field programming in partnership with those working for sustainable peace.

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On #VeteransDay, we honor those who most deeply understand the costs of war. Among them is John Lancaster, who works to ...
11/11/2020
A Vietnam Veteran’s Fight—for Dignity and Peace

On #VeteransDay, we honor those who most deeply understand the costs of war. Among them is John Lancaster, who works to prevent violence with the certainty that even where trauma is deep, reconciliation and peace are always possible. #VeteransDay

In 1967, America was racing the Soviet Union into space, debating war in Vietnam and dancing to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” John Lancaster graduated that spring from the University of Notre Dame. Having studied on a Navy ROTC scholarship, he took a commission in the Marine Corps. After severa...

11/09/2020
Briefly: Five Ingredients for Lasting Peace Agreements with Aly Verjee

We know that it’s hard to stay up-to-date on USIP’s latest research, so we’ve challenged our teams to summarize their latest publications in less than a minute. Almost every modern peace agreement has established some type of institution to oversee implementation of the agreement’s provisions and monitor compliance. In this edition of "Briefly," USIP’s Aly Verjee looks at monitoring and oversight mechanisms set up in Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Sudan, and South Sudan between 1999 and 2015 and offers a series of key lessons for the design of future monitoring mechanisms. https://www.usip.org/publications/2020/09/after-agreement-why-oversight-peace-deals-succeeds-or-fails

The United Arab Emirates opened a consulate in the western Sahara this week, signaling a troubling regional shift that r...
11/08/2020
Saudi-Turkish Clash Reinforces Tensions in the Maghreb

The United Arab Emirates opened a consulate in the western Sahara this week, signaling a troubling regional shift that risks destabilizing the area and threatens regional and counterterrorism interests. Our Andrew Hanna analyzes the situation:

Morocco notched a diplomatic win this week as the United Arab Emirates opened a consulate in the Western Sahara, where Rabat has long sought international recognition of its claim over the disputed territory. It also signaled a troubling regional shift. The hostility between Turkey and the Saudi-ali...

While the NLD seems likely to win Myanmar’s election, grievances of minorities and the influence of the army loom large ...
11/07/2020
Myanmar Elections 2020: Ethnic Tensions and a Military Hand

While the NLD seems likely to win Myanmar’s election, grievances of minorities and the influence of the army loom large on the ballot.

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to win Myanmar’s general elections on November 8, but the 2020 race is much more hotly contested than 2015. The growing political frustration of the country’s non-Burma ethnic nationalities is fueling insurgencies and the military-affili...

Our new Special Report offers a framework for how to make a post-settlement Afghan state more effective in delivering eq...
11/07/2020
Pathways for Post-Peace Development in Afghanistan

Our new Special Report offers a framework for how to make a post-settlement Afghan state more effective in delivering equitable development and sustaining peace.

Even if the warring parties in Afghanistan manage to secure a still-elusive agreement on resolving the current conflict, significant economic challenges remain for the country, which will require continued assistance and support for core government functions. This report, based on an examination of....

"The rise of authoritarianism and extreme rightist ideologies around the world have generated backlash against gender eq...
11/07/2020
The Women, Peace and Security Agenda at 20: Setbacks, Progress, and the Way Forward

"The rise of authoritarianism and extreme rightist ideologies around the world have generated backlash against gender equality and the idea of involving women in security issues," but there are some encouraging developments for the Women, Peace and Security agenda as it marks its 20th anniversary, our Kathleen Kuehnast writes with Chantal de Jonge Oudraat for Just Security.

Two decades after the landmark UN resolution, the rise of authoritarianism and extreme rightist ideologies have generated backlash.

Last month, the Union Election Commission (UEC) in Myanmar disenfranchised an estimated 73 percent of voters in Rakhine ...
11/07/2020
Election Cancellations in Rakhine State Could Signal Trouble for Myanmar

Last month, the Union Election Commission (UEC) in Myanmar disenfranchised an estimated 73 percent of voters in Rakhine State, in addition to the Rohingya who had been stripped of voting rights in 2015. Read Priscilla A. Clapp and Jason Tower’s analysis:

On October 16, when it took the stunning and sweeping decision to cancel most of the vote in Rakhine State on November 8, the Union Election Commission (UEC) disenfranchised an estimated 73% of Rakhine voters, in addition to the Rohingya who had been stripped of voting rights in 2015. The UEC justif...

In the most serious conflict currently active in Myanmar, the Arakan Army, a Buddhist Rakhine ethnic minority insurgent ...
11/06/2020
The Arakan Army in Myanmar: Deadly Conflict Rises in Rakhine State

In the most serious conflict currently active in Myanmar, the Arakan Army, a Buddhist Rakhine ethnic minority insurgent group, is fighting the country’s security forces. David Scott Mathieson analyzes the situation in our new Special Report:

Armed conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State between the Arakan Army and the Tatmadaw, the national army, has escalated sharply in the past two years. This development has been largely eclipsed, however, by the continuing international focus on the human rights crisis of the Rohingya Muslim minority....

Emily Cole and Allison Grossman with four ways that security assistance providers can avoid trading short-term counterte...
11/06/2020
In Niger, Foreign Security Interests Undermine Stability—What Can Be Done?

Emily Cole and Allison Grossman with four ways that security assistance providers can avoid trading short-term counterterrorism gains for long-term stabilization in #Niger:

Over the past decade, the United States, France, and the European Union (EU) have drastically increased security assistance to countries in the Sahel region. They have done so to address two perceived transnational threats—violent extremism and mass migration to Europe—but have often neglected S...

Statement on the situation in #Ethiopia by the Senior Study Group on Peace and Security in the Red Sea Arena: https://ww...
11/05/2020
Statement on Ethiopia by the Senior Study Group on Peace and Security in the Red Sea Arena

Statement on the situation in #Ethiopia by the Senior Study Group on Peace and Security in the Red Sea Arena: https://www.usip.org/press/2020/11/statement-ethiopia-senior-study-group-peace-and-security-red-sea-arena #RedSeaStudyGroup

As members of the bipartisan senior study group on peace and security in the Red Sea arena, we are watching with grave concern the situation in Ethiopia. While many of the facts remain unclear, the risks of escalation are certain: Intrastate or interstate conflict would be catastrophic for Ethiopia....

Congratulations to our new Jennings Randolph senior fellows!Andrew Glazzard from Swansea University’s Cyber Threats Rese...
11/05/2020
USIP Announces Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowships

Congratulations to our new Jennings Randolph senior fellows!

Andrew Glazzard from Swansea University’s Cyber Threats Research Centre, MaryAnne Iwar from Nigeria’s Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution and Togolese Civil League’s Farida Nabourema will join us for 2020-2021 to investigate women’s involvement in nonviolent movements and ways to help people disengage from violent extremism.

Learn more about their research:

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is pleased to announce three new Jennings Randolph senior fellows for 2020-2021. These fellows will conduct research and publish in their areas of expertise while engaging with experts at USIP headquarters and in the field. Established in 1988, USIP’s Jennings Ra...

¡Ahora disponible en español! Nuestra guía marco y teoría de la inclusión de género explora una teoría del cambio y un m...
11/05/2020
Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Spanish)

¡Ahora disponible en español! Nuestra guía marco y teoría de la inclusión de género explora una teoría del cambio y un marco de análisis para la inclusión de género y proporciona orientación específica sobre la integración del género en el diseño de proyectos. Descárgala aquí:

#UNSCR1325 #WPS20

La guía Marco y teoría de la inclusión de género (GIFT) es una herramienta accesible y exhaustiva que facilita la integración del análisis de género en el diseño de proyectos.

Meet our 2020-2021 Youth Advisory Council members! These youth leaders will provide regional and thematic expertise in t...
11/03/2020

Meet our 2020-2021 Youth Advisory Council members! These youth leaders will provide regional and thematic expertise in the field of peacebuilding to inform and shape programming and research. Learn more: https://www.usip.org/programs/youth-advisory-council

Beijing finally seems to be pushing back against shady investors who claim ties with China’s signature foreign policy in...
11/01/2020
Is China Getting Serious About Crime on the ‘Belt and Road’?

Beijing finally seems to be pushing back against shady investors who claim ties with China’s signature foreign policy initiative. Our Jason Tower and Jennifer Staats write about how Belt and Road Initiative regulations impact host countries:

As China’s leading foreign policy project, its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) should be easy to understand. Yet since its inception in 2013, the BRI has remained remarkably opaque. The government publishes no criteria for approving BRI projects or comprehensive lists of authorized ones. Consequent...

#UNSCR1325, adopted twenty years ago this weekend, represented the first time that the U.N. Security Council addressed t...
10/31/2020
Twenty Years After Resolution 1325: Women Remain Undervalued in Peacebuilding

#UNSCR1325, adopted twenty years ago this weekend, represented the first time that the U.N. Security Council addressed the unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls. The resolution also recognized the critical role women can, and do, play in peacebuilding. Advocates of the resolution say the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in lockdowns that have led to a global surge in incidents of gender-based violence, has underscored the need for a much broader understanding of what defines security, according to Jacqueline O’Neill, Canada’s first ambassador for Women, Peace and Securi...

متوفر الان باللغة العربية! يقوم دليل إطار العمل والنظرية المعنيين بإدماج النوع الاجتماعي بتسليط الضوء على نظرية التغيير ...
10/31/2020
Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Arabic)

متوفر الان باللغة العربية! يقوم دليل إطار العمل والنظرية المعنيين بإدماج النوع الاجتماعي بتسليط الضوء على نظرية التغيير والإطار التحليلي لإدماج النوع الاجتماعي كما يوفر إرشادات حول كيفية ادماج النوع الاجتماعي في عملية تصميم المشاريع. الرجاء الضغط هنا للتحميل:
#UNSCR1325 #WPS20

The Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (GIFT) guide is an approachable and thorough tool that facilitates the integration of gender analysis into project design. Because peacebuilding work is context dependent, the GIFT puts forth three approaches to gender analysis – the Women, Peace and Secur...

This Sunday, #Algeria will hold a referendum on constitutional amendments to ostensibly bolster the country’s democracy....
10/30/2020
Could Algeria’s Referendum Lead to Democratic Progress or Uphold Status Quo?

This Sunday, #Algeria will hold a referendum on constitutional amendments to ostensibly bolster the country’s democracy. But, the opposition Hirak movement says the constitutional changes do not go far enough. More on the situation from our Thomas M. Hill:

Algerians took to the streets in February 2019 to protest the re-election bid of longtime authoritarian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Those protests—which came to be known as the Hirak movement and resulted in Bouteflika’s resignation in April of that year—evolved quickly to calls for a fund...

In this critical moment for the Afghanistan peace process, the stakes could not be higher for Afghan women. Our Belquis ...
10/30/2020
Afghan Peace Process Tests Women Activists

In this critical moment for the Afghanistan peace process, the stakes could not be higher for Afghan women. Our Belquis Ahmadi and Matthew Parkes explain.

More than a month after Afghan peace talks formally began, the effort to end the war in Afghanistan is stalled, and no one faces higher stakes than Afghan women. The attempt at negotiations has snagged on preliminary issues, the Taliban have escalated their attacks, and all sides are watching the ev...

In the last five years, the geopolitical landscape of the Red Sea arena has been fundamentally reshaped by intense regio...
10/29/2020
Final Report and Recommendations of the Senior Study Group on Peace and Security in the Red Sea Arena

In the last five years, the geopolitical landscape of the Red Sea arena has been fundamentally reshaped by intense regional rivalries, historic democratic transitions, demographic trends, and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Red Sea Study Group outlines the impact of these changes on U.S. strategic interests in a new report:

Between May 2019 and September 2020, the United States Institute of Peace convened a bipartisan senior study group to consider the factors that have reshaped the Red Sea arena. The study group determined that, in recent years, the geopolitical and geo-economic dynamics of the Horn of Africa have bec...

The landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security turns 20 this week. Listen to our Kathlee...
10/29/2020
Kathleen Kuehnast on the 20th Anniversary of UN Resolution 1325

The landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security turns 20 this week. Listen to our Kathleen Kuehnast outline its impact on gender equality in peacebuilding and the role of women in the Afghan peace process for #OnPeace. #UNSCR1325

Two decades after the passage of the landmark resolution on women, peace and security, USIP’s Kathleen Kuehnast points to the 86 countries that have taken action to address the unique experience of women in conflict as proof of progress, but says that gett...

“Bolivia has not experienced a peaceful transition of power since 2002, but a window of opportunity has opened for the e...
10/28/2020
After a Year of Turmoil, Bolivia’s Election Offers Chance to Reduce Divides

“Bolivia has not experienced a peaceful transition of power since 2002, but a window of opportunity has opened for the ethnically diverse Andean nation to emerge from the paralyzing polarization that has plagued it over the past years,” our Steve Hege writes.

Bolivians took part on Sunday in one of the country’s most decisive and historic general elections, in which the former governing party Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) and its candidate Luis Arce garnered a resounding victory. The vote culminated nearly 12 months of instability since elections in ...

10/28/2020
Live now: Kyrgyzstan's Unfinished "Revolution" #KyrgyzstanUSIP

How the Upheaval from 2020 Is Different

Join USIP for a discussion of the ongoing situation in Kyrgyzstan and its implications for peace and stability in Central Asia. The conversation will examine how organized crime, youth mobilization, social media, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have factored into the crisis. The discussion will also analyze how the United States and the region, including Kyrgyzstan’s Central Asian neighbors and Russia, are assessing and responding to the developments.

For more information on this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/kyrgyzstans-unfinished-revolution

Our Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory Guide is now available in Spanish! Download here:
10/27/2020
Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory (Spanish)

Our Gender Inclusive Framework and Theory Guide is now available in Spanish! Download here:

La guía Marco y teoría de la inclusión de género (GIFT) es una herramienta accesible y exhaustiva que facilita la integración del análisis de género en el diseño de proyectos.

“From a distance, it is easy to see only Africa’s problems and not its promise. Our role is to see the critical strength...
10/26/2020
Africa is the next global influencer. That’s an opportunity.

“From a distance, it is easy to see only Africa’s problems and not its promise. Our role is to see the critical strengths of Africans, present even in countries facing violence,” says Joseph Sany, vice president of our newly established Africa Center.

In a COVID-altered landscape of global security threats, economic opportunities and strategic change, Africa is seizing center stage. Africans form the world’s fastest-growing population and national economies. Violent crises, democracy movements, extremist threats, international investments, huma...

On this week’s episode of #OnPeace, our Sarhang Hamasaeed says that a year after peaceful demonstrations in Iraq, “the s...
10/25/2020
Sarhang Hamasaeed on the Anniversary of Iraq’s Protests

On this week’s episode of #OnPeace, our Sarhang Hamasaeed says that a year after peaceful demonstrations in Iraq, “the spirits of the protest remain strong,” but the reforms undertaken so far don’t match the scale of the crises facing the country.

Sarhang Hamasaeed on the Anniversary of Iraq’s Protests Thursday, October 22, 2020 / By: Sarhang Hamasaeed Publication Type: Podcast Share This Print the Page A year after Iraqis took to the street, USIP’s Sarhang Hamasaeed says, “The spirits of the protest remain strong,” but that reforms u...

The protests over security sector reform in #Nigeria “are a critical, generational test for Nigeria’s democracy,” our Og...
10/25/2020
Protests Test Nigeria’s Democracy and its Leadership in Africa

The protests over security sector reform in #Nigeria “are a critical, generational test for Nigeria’s democracy,” our Oge Onubogu writes.

Nigeria’s protests against police brutality already were the largest in the country’s history before security forces opened fire on a crowd in Lagos on October 20. The protest and bloodshed have only heightened the need for the government in Africa’s most populous country to end the pattern of...

What can Afghanistan learn from its 2002-03 experience with security sector reform (SSR)? As Afghan peace negotiations c...
10/24/2020
Four Lessons for Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan

What can Afghanistan learn from its 2002-03 experience with security sector reform (SSR)?

As Afghan peace negotiations continue, Jason Criss Howk, Andrew Hyde and Annie Pforzheimer offer four lessons for SSR in Afghanistan today:

As Afghan peace talks in Doha move forward, a vital component to the success of any peace deal will be how Afghanistan’s security sector can reform to sustain peace after more than 40 years of violence, and how the international community can best assist. This effort would benefit from recalling t...

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