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Border Clash Between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Risks Spinning Out of Control
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
By: Gavin Helf, Ph.D.
A dispute over irrigation water triggered a clash between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan last week that quickly spread along the border, resulting in the death of more than 40 people and displacing 30,000 on the Kyrgyz side — the worst such incident in the region since the collapse of the Soviet Union. While such flare-ups, albeit less deadly, are a regular occurrence in the region, this time the situation could get out of hand as the leaders of both countries are incentivized to stoke a crisis that distracts from the domestic unrest caused by their mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Conflict Analysis & Prevention
Iran Nuclear Talks Open a Window for Broader Middle East Security
Thursday, April 29, 2021
By: Ambassador Hesham Youssef
Since the end of World War II, there have been several attempts that ultimately failed to establish a regional security framework in the Middle East. These attempts have historically fallen short, undermined by distrust, power politics and conflict. Today, a new window of opportunity may be emerging to establish a stable, broadly accepted mechanism for deescalating conflicts, setting norms and building confidence and cooperation between states in the region. World powers should consider the ongoing Vienna talks — aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal that the Trump administration withdrew from — the first step in this direction. 
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue
Sidestepping Great Power Rivalry: U.S.-China Competition in Africa
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
By: Joseph Sany, Ph.D.; Thomas P. Sheehy
If the early months of the Biden administration are any indication, the U.S.-China rivalry shows no signs of dimming anytime soon. Initial meetings between top Biden administration and Chinese officials in March were heated and appear to have done little to reduce tensions over many divisive issues. There is growing bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for “hardline” policies against Beijing. Meanwhile, China is increasingly active worldwide, including in Africa, where its expanding presence is concerning to the United States.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Global Policy
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Youth Country Liaison Initiative
USIP created the Youth Country Liaison initiative to improve linkages between USIP country teams and USIP Generation Change fellows. As part of the initiative, the liaisons provide consultation within USIP and provide a youth-focused lens for USIP regional teams as they design and implement programs and activities. The Youth Country Liaison is a volunteer position for a duration of one year.
Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Education & Training; Youth
Violent Extremist Disengagement and Reconciliation
Violent Extremist Disengagement and Reconciliation (VEDR) is the peacebuilding contribution to disengagement from violent extremism and reconciliation with local communities. It de-exceptionalizes violent extremism from other challenges that result from similar sets of risk factors and social environments by emphasizing peacebuilding and public health.
Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Reconciliation; Violent Extremism
Conflict Prevention and Fragility Working Group
The Conflict Prevention and Fragility Working Group develops timely, policy-relevant analysis at the intersection of the global response to COVID-19 and conflict prevention, identifying practical policy solutions for embedding a fragility lens into the global pandemic response. Building on the findings of the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States and the Global Fragility Act (GFA), this group of experts includes thought-leaders with a wide-range of experience and expertise—from advocates to academics to frontline peacebuilders.
Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Fragility & Resilience; Global Health; Global Policy
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Crisis in Mozambique: Pathways to Peace in Cabo Delgado
Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 9:30am - 10:45am
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