As a close U.S. ally in the region, Colombia’s competitive May 29 presidential elections will undoubtedly have important implications for the longstanding bilateral relationship. At a May 13 townhall event at USIP, Colombia’s principal vice-presidential candidates discussed their respective policy plans and visions for the country’s future.
Vice-Presidential Candidate, Liga de Gobernantes Anticorrupción (Candidate: Rodolfo Hernández)
Vice-Presidential Candidate, Pacto Histórico (Candidate: Gustavo Petro)
Luis Gilberto Murillo
Vice-Presidential Candidate, Centro Esperanza (Candidate: Sergio Fajardo)
Steve Hege, moderator
Deputy Director, Latin America Program, U.S. Institute of Peace
Cynthia Arnson, moderator
Distinguished Fellow, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
Jason Marczak, moderator
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council
For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/townhall-colombian-vice-presidential-candidates
USIP held a discussion with the co-chair of the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace, and Security and two youth peacebuilders as they reflected on the tangible progress that has been made on the YPS agenda since the passage of Resolution 2250, as well as the challenges to effective implementation of the agenda around the world. ...
On December 7, USIP and the National Endowment for Democracy held a virtual discussion on safeguarding democracy in West Africa through youth-led movements. Youth activists from Nigeria, Togo and Guinea shared their thoughts on the frustrations driving protests and new models for democratic activism. Speakers DJ Switch (Obianuju Catherine Udeh) Award-Winning Nigerian Musician and Activist; Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy Senami Kojah Award-Winning Nigerian Investigative Journalist; Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy Farida Nabourema Togolese Human Rights Activist and Writer; Jennings Randolph Senior Research Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace Ibrahima Diallo Coordinator, Tournons La Page-Guinea; Head of Operations for the National Front for the Defense of the Guinean Constitution Jonathan Pinckney Senior Researcher, Nonviolent Action, U.S. Institute of Peace Zachariah Mampilly Marxe Endowed Chair of International Affairs, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, CUNY Oge Onubogu, moderator Director, West Africa Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/safeguarding-democracy-west-africa ...
USIP and the Department of Defense hosted a discussion on the military’s progress and commitment to implementing the WPS agenda in their operations. To inform and strengthen engagement between the U.S. government and civil society organizations, the discussion also included key questions from the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on WPS (USCSWG). Speakers: Lise Grande, welcoming remarks President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace Kathleen H. Hicks Deputy Secretary of Defense Admiral Craig S. Faller Commander, United States Southern Command, U.S. Department of Defense Lieutenant General Thomas A. Bussiere Deputy Commander, United States Strategic Command, U.S. Department of Defense Lieutenant General Michael A. Minihan Deputy Commander, United States Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Department of Defense Ambassador Andrew Young Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command, U.S. Department of State Brigadier General Rebecca J. Sonkiss Deputy Director for Counter Threats and International Cooperation on the Joint Staff, J5, U.S. Department of Defense Valerie Hudson Distinguished Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair, Texas A&M University Kathleen Kuehnast, moderator Director, Gender Policy and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace For more information about this event, please visit: https://www.usip.org/events/empowered-women-help-create-more-peaceful-world ...