In a recent research report conducted by the Heritage Foundation, they found bipartisan dissatisfaction with the U.S. foreign assistance programs and calls for them to be overhauled. Unfortunately, these efforts often fall victim to politics wherein various interests stall reforms to protect their preferred priorities, programs, or allocations. The Heritage Foundation is hosting a discussion with their panelists as they share their perspectives on what is wrong with U.S. assistance programs, what should be done to improve them, and where the most promising opportunities are to achieve that objective
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New America and Airwars, the UK-based airstrike monitoring group, investigated the air strikes conducted in Libya during the NATO intervention and published their findings in the paper “Air Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Libya.”
To discuss the results of the study and the political environment in Libya, New America is welcoming Jonathan M. Winer, the State Department’s Special Envoy for Libya during the Obama administration, Chris Woods, an investigative journalist and the director of Airwars, Oliver Imhof, a Libya researcher and data analyst, and Alyssa Sims.
On Wednesday, June 20, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings and Publish What You Fund will co-host the launch of the sixth Aid Transparency Index. The report, which assesses 45 of the world’s largest donors, is the only independent global measure of aid transparency. Following a presentation on the findings of the index, a panel of experts will discuss new areas of transparency for development finance, with a focus on the role of development finance institutions and humanitarian aid and how these actors can continue to expand their transparency.
CSIS is hosting the launch of their new report on confronting the global forced migration crisis. The report contains the findings of a high level, bi-partisan task force and consolidates field research in Bangladesh, Jordan, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, and cities across the United States including Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Diego. It is in the U.S. domestic and national security interests to confront these issues abroad now to mitigate greater challenges later; this report illustrates the complex crisis, why it is important, and what we can do about it.
We have long understood that war and conflict produce poverty and hunger. Yet today, with the number of hungry people on the rise for the first time a decade, record levels of human displacement and an explosion of man-made crises, we are learning that hunger is not simply a byproduct of war, but can be a root cause of instability. A new report from World Food Program USA, Winning the Peace: Hunger and Instability, chronicles the link between food insecurity and instability through history, providing a comprehensive review of academic literature on this topic.
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 Wilson Center is hosting a discussion about current trends in smuggling and its organization, the shifting roles of migrants in the market, and the additional criminal risks many of them face as a result. Speakers will present findings from their research in South and Central America, Mexico, and the U.S.-Mexico border.
With the rise of great power competition comes the possibility of great power surprise in four dimensions: strategic, technological, doctrinal, and diplomatic. Although some surprise is inevitable, defeat is not. CSIS is hosting the release of the study Avoiding Coping with Strategic Surprise in Great Power Conflicts and a panel discussion on how the United States can better anticipate and adapt to the unexpected.
Reducing violence and preventing the growth of violent movements are perennial challenges for the international community and the role of economic interventions has long been debated. New American is hosting a discussion around the new report from Mercy Corps and the Political Violence FieldLab at Yale University which brings new evidence to the debate based on a randomized controlled trial in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. Can youth employment programs and cash transfers make a difference?
CSIS is hosting the report launch by Ambassador James Michel and an expert-panel discussion on Managing Fragility and Promoting Resilience to Advance Peace, Security, and Sustainable Development.
The CSIS International Security Program is hosting an event for the launch of its report entitled "Oversight and Accountability in U.S. Security Sector Assistance: Seeking Return on Investment."
The Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program is hosting the U.S. launch of “The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict,” the report produced by this elite group of retired Admirals and Generals from across the U.S. armed forces. The expert panel will discuss the role that water stress plays in diplomacy, violence, and conflict, and what steps the U.S. government can take to mitigate those threats through diplomacy, strategic investments, and defense.
On January 30, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) will host a panel discussion on Turkey’s experience with integrating roughly 3.5 million refugees and how that experience can inform the Compact. Izza Leghtas, senior advocate at Refugees International, will discuss the findings of her recent report, “I am only looking for my rights,” on the difficulties refugees face in accessing legal employment and the need for livelihood programs in Turkey’s urban centers.
Sustaining U.S. Leadership Against Nuclear Terrorism and Proliferation: Monitoring and Verification in the Digital Age
Hudson Institute will host a discussion on the work of the Nuclear Verification Capabilities Independent Task Force of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). Task Force members will discuss their most recent report, Nuclear Monitoring and Verification in the Digital Age.
The Atlantic Council is co-hosting a public discussion on people power movements and international human rights. This event will coincide with the release of a new monograph from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict’s (ICNC) “Monograph Series”.
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.
As a part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ ongoing project on Civil Wars, Violence and International Responses, the second volume of a special issue of the journal Dædalus was released in January 2018 to explore trends in civil wars and solutions moving forward. Join USIP as experts discuss their findings and recommendations on how the United States can better respond to intrastate conflict and promote both development and stability to create lasting peace.
n the new report, With Great Power: Modifying US Arms Sales to Reduce Civilian Harm, a joint project from the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and the Stimson Center, authors Dan Mahanty and Rachel Stohl evaluate gaps and opportunities to mitigate the risk of harm for civilians in places where the US sells conventional weapons.
The Stimson Center and CIVIC are hosting an on-the-record discussion on the gaps and opportunities to mitigate the risk of consequences for civilians in places where the U.S sells conventional weapons.
The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East is launching the first report of its two-year project, Rebuilding Syria: Reconstruction and Legitimacy. The report, authored by Hariri Center Senior Fellow Faysal Itani and independent international security analyst Tobias Schneider, lays out this vision and offers concrete actions that can be taken now towards the long-term goal of revitalizing Syria with the participation of Syrians and the support of the international community.
The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Arab American Institute (AAI) are hosting James Zogby (AAI and Zogby Research Services) for the presentation of fresh polling results from across six Arab countries, Iran, and Turkey. The report examines opinions from 7,800 respondents about the U.S. and other regional states’ roles in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. It also looks at Trump Administration policy, political Islam, prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Iran nuclear deal, and the region’s refugee crisis.
CSIS is hosting the Human Rights Initiative and the British Council All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the launch of a new report, Building Young People’s Resilience to Violent Extremism in the Middle East and North Africa. This report analyzes the upstream drivers of violent extremism, explores successful efforts to prevent violent extremism, and examines how international organizations can build the capacity of individuals to be less vulnerable to terrorist recruitment. Expert panelists will explore the findings of the report and illustrate its main recommendations.
The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs are hosting a discussion marking the 10th anniversary of CSIS’s groundbreaking report, "Mixed Blessings: U.S. Government Engagement with Religion in Conflict-Prone Settings". This report analyzed how religion affects international affairs, including through the faith and religious beliefs of politicians and elites; the belief structures that underlie national and international views; and the impact of religious organizations. At this event, Shaun Casey, former director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, will interview Liora Danan, lead author of Mixed Blessings and former chief of staff for the Office of Religion and Global Affairs, to discuss the report's goals and relevance in diplomacy today. Following their interview, Shannon N. Green, director and senior fellow of HRI, will moderate an expert panel to assess the impact of religion on foreign policy over the decade since the report's release.
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?
CSIS is hosting an event to discuss the six major foreign assistance reform proposals released on October 20, 2017.
CSIS is hosting a discussion with Dr. Munqith Dagher, who will present findings from a major series of public opinion surveys and analyses of Iraqi public opinion on the sudden rise, the slow fall, and the future of ISIS, or the Da’ish.
Reforming international emergency food aid assistance: Remarks from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN)
AEI is hosting a moderated discussion with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) on increasing the impact and efficiency of US food aid programs, a critical humanitarian and foreign relations concern. Following his remarks, a panel of experts will discuss a new AEI report, “International Food Aid and Food Assistance Programs and the Next Farm Bill,” including reforms to cargo preference and procurement requirements for food aid purposes.
The Center for Global Development is hosting a conversation around the recently launched report from the EU and UN, Spotlight Initiative, including an initial allocation of Euro 500 million (more than half a billion US dollars) to fight violence against women and girls. How can the impact of this Fund be optimized? What does research and first-hand experience on the ground tell us about what works? And how can it inform policy and political dialogue aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls in all its forms, now and in future?
Please join CSIS for the release of their study Formulating National Security Strategy: Past Experiences and Future Choices and a panel discussion on strategy formulation in the Defense Department.
In their issue brief, Ukraine’s Internally Displaced Persons Hold a Key to Peace, authors Lauren Van Metre, Steven E. Steiner, and Melinda Haring examine Ukraine as a possible model for an “enlightened” resettlement process that promotes social cohesion, democratic development, and a constituency for peace.
The USIP and Atlantic Countil are hosting a discussion on the issue brief’s findings, as well as a broaderconversation about the role of internally displaced persons in Ukraine.
The Dialogue and LAPOP are presenting their new report: Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) and hosting a discussion of the cost of crime, the implications for security policies and US foreign policy, and how a better understanding of insecurity can help improve the situation.