In the aftermath of the uprising in Libya, the country descended into bitter rivalries and civil war, paving the way for the Islamic State and a catastrophic migrant crisis. What went wrong? Based on years of field reporting in Libya, Carnegie’s Frederic Wehrey will discuss his new book, The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya, which tells the stories of Libyan lives upended by the turmoil, sheds new light on the country’s afflictions, and provides valuable lessons for the future
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From 2013 through 2014 ISIS recruited thousands of fighters from North Africa to fight in Syria and established a fallback position in Libya. Today, ISIS has lost much of its territory both in Syria and in North Africa. How did ISIS emerge in North Africa and what is its future in the region? New America is hosting a panel discussion to address these questions with various authors and stakeholders.
The Africa Security Initiative in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings will host a discussion on Somalia. Brookings Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown will brief her December 2017 fieldwork in Somalia and review key security and political developments. Landry Signé, a David M. Rubenstein fellow in the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative, will discuss how the persistence of bad governance, corruption, marginalization, and economic mismanagement have led to state failure and insecurity in the country.
The Syrian civil war is many overlapping conflicts, including the competition and cooperation among outside powers vying to protect their interests, often at the expense of Syria’s sovereignty. What are Russian, Iranian, Turkish, Israeli, and American objectives in Syria, and can they achieve them? The Wilson Center is hosting a discussion in which four analysts of Syria and the region will address the issue of outside powers and the future of Syria.
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings is hosting a discussion on the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. Panelists will include Alexandra Lamarche and Mark Yarnell of Refugees International, authors of the recent report “Political Pressure to Return: Putting Northeast Nigeria’s Displaced Citizens at Risk.” Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow at Brookings, will brief the findings from her January fieldwork in northeastern Nigeria on the state of counterinsurgency, security, and reconstruction efforts. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the conversation, while adding his own perspectives.
The Foreign Policy program at Brookings, in collaboration with Stand With Congo, will host a discussion on the current state of the DRC as violence rises and elections are purportedly on the horizon. Panelists will include Tom Perriello, former U.S. special envoy for the African Great Lakes and Congo-Kinshasa; Omékongo Dibinga, professor at American University; and EJ Hogendoorn from the International Crisis Group. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate the conversation, while adding his own perspectives.
Dr. Thurston, author of Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement will be joined by two CSIS experts on African security: Africa Program director, Jennifer G. Cooke, and International Security Program Senior Fellow, Alice Hunt Friend, who will share their insights into Boko Haram and terrorism in northern Africa in general.
In their paper, researchers at the Urban Institute and the Center for Global Development are studying the relationship between child health and conflict in Nigeria by combining geo-coded data from the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) of 2013 and the Social Conflict Analysis Database. At this event hosted by CGDEV, they will discuss their findings and their implications, as well as some of the challenges to studying health in conflict-torn places.
The next Talks @ Pulitzer conversation in Washington, D.C. is with journalist Helen Epstein about her recently published book, "Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror." Joining Epstein for the evening is Lawrence Kiwanuka Nsereko who grew up in Uganda. Nsereko is an editor, journalist, democracy activist, former child soldier, and the inspiration for "Another Fine Mess."
This event, hosted by the Wilson Center, will assess the key factors guiding current peacebuilding efforts in South Sudan. It will also present an assessment of the shortcomings of current efforts focusing on the interaction, or lack thereof, between international partners and local stakeholders. By identifying the barriers to more efficient peacebuilding, this discussion seeks to share lessons learned, best practices, and opportunities for better collaboration between local and international actors.
The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, is holding a hearing on resolving the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
AEI is hosting an event for the release of “A Strategy for Success in Libya” by Emily Estelle and a panel discussion on a US strategy to rebuild Libya. The panel will address questions such as: What can be done to stabilize the country and address humanitarian concerns? Is American leadership essential to combating this threat?
Cross-Border Intergroup Conflicts in the Horn of Africa: A Case Study of Ethiopia-South Sudan Borderland People
This event will address the challenges to peacebuilding, the potential role of community and national governments, as well as international organizations, and the ways forward for increasing security and mitigating violence in the region. Additionally, the discussion will emphasize recommendations for concrete actions to more effectively address the underlying causes of conflict.
Innovating development strategies in Africa: The role of international, regional, and national actors
On Tuesday, October 31, the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative will host former President of Malawi H.E. Joyce Banda and World Bank Chief Economist for Africa Albert Zeufack for a discussion on a new book by Rubenstein Fellow Landry Signé, Innovating Development Strategies in Africa: The Role of International, Regional and National Actors.
CSIS is hosting a conversation with Dr. Elischer, who will explain the implications of his research for U.S. policymakers seeking to understand radicalization in Africa.
For the past several years, the global migrant crisis has dominated international headlines, and journalists have been at the frontlines of the issue, documenting the plight of displaced persons and their reception in and impact on their new host countries. Among these journalists are Pulitzer Center grantees Ben Taub, Robin Shulman, and Alice Su, whose work on refugees and migrants has been published by media outlets from around the world, including the New Yorker, NPR, Time, Politico, and The Washington Post. The Pullitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is hosting the journalists at Georgetown University's Riggs Library, where they will discuss how communities worldwide have reacted to the refugee crisis. They will analyze the ethics of resettlement and explore religion's role in refugee integration.
The Stimson Center and United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) are hosting a discussion with Alanna O'Malley, author of the forthcoming book, The Diplomacy of Decolonisation, America, Britain and the United Nations during the Congo crisis, 1960-64.
This level of displacement has had a profound and unprecedented level of impact in the humanitarian, security, and economic spaces in Europe. How can European governments and multilateral stakeholders in the region work cohesively to develop an effective and sustainable approach to migration? CSIS is hosting an event to discuss these issues.
Journalist and author Alexis Okeowo recently released her debut book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa, the product of five years of living and reporting within Africa. Okeowo’s work focuses on four narratives that intricately come together to create a powerful image of modern Africa. She is joining a panel at New America to discuss her new book and its findings.
Understanding today’s Libyans—and helping them find a better future—depends upon a sound understanding of the divisions and conflicts of the past. Dr. Federica Fasanotti will discuss Libya’s current traumas in the context of its troubled history. Join CSIS for a discussion with one of the world’s leading historians and analysts of modern Libya.
The Middle East Institute (MEI) is presenting a two-panel symposium that will examine opportunities for the United States and international community to advance Libya's security and mobilize to meet the humanitarian challenges.
The Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture program is hosting an evening book talk and reception featuring Libyan-American writer Hisham Matar, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner for his memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between.
Amid warfare worldwide, unarmed civilians attempt protests or negotiations with combatants to protect their communities from violence. These citizens defy the culture of fear that armed groups enforce, and risk retribution. New research highlights how communities use cohesion and social structures to non-violently influence armed groups—a capacity that governments and institutions often fail to recognize. On October 2, join USIP to discuss such community self-protection, and how policymaking might better support it in conflict zones such as in Syria or Afghanistan.
In All Jihad is Local: Inside ISIS Recruitment in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, a new paper from New America, Nate Rosenblatt and David Sterman examine thousands of ISIS’ own entry records, finding that ISIS benefitted from different factors that enabled its mobilization of fighters in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In addition to providing the first subnational examination of ISIS recruitment in these regions based on ISIS’ own records, the paper argues that addressing terrorist recruitment will require moving from asking “what theory explains why people become terrorists” to asking “where does a theory explain why people become terrorists.” New America is welcoming the authors of the report and other experts to discuss these issues.
Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari has made military gains against the extremist fighters of Boko Haram. But Nigeria’s varied conflicts keep more than 2 million people displaced and weaken stability in the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel region. Peace and security will not be achievable purely through armed force. On September 28, USIP will host a rare gathering of eminent Nigerian civic leaders and U.S. policymakers to examine what concrete steps Nigeria and the United States can take to stabilize Africa’s demographic and economic giant.
The “Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities” series, co-hosted the USAID-funded Sustainable Water Partnership, Winrock International, and the Wilson Center, explores how different actors are addressing water risks in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world.
This kick-off event at the Wilson Center will feature a panel of experts who are developing strategies and tools to better anticipate and address water scarcity in the developing world.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, will soon mark her country’s first peaceful, democratic handover of a head of state to a successor since 1944. Join the U.S. Institute of Peace, the International Republican Institute, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, the National Democratic Institute, and the National Endowment for Democracy on September 25 on Capitol Hill for a public address by President Sirleaf. Senator Chris Coons will be the honorary host of the event.
This event, hosted by the Wilson Center's Africa Program, will assess the key factors affecting agricultural productivity in Africa with a focus on public expenditure management in this sector and the implications of agricultural productivity on food security. By identifying the barriers to more efficient public financing, this discussion seeks to share lessons learned, best practices, and opportunities to increase funding, ensure efficient resource allocation in the agricultural sector, and reduce food insecurity.
CSIS is hosting an event with U.S. policy makers, technical experts, and thought leaders to discuss how crises in the four famines contexts, such as conflict, fragility, and severe food insecurity, have unfolded and what needs to be considered in the response. Reception to follow.
The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy is holding a hearing on South Sudan's Conflict and Famine.