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USIP Congratulates the U.N. World Food Program on the Nobel Peace Prize
Friday, October 9, 2020
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The U.S. Institute of Peace congratulates the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) on winning the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. For decades, the agency has delivered relief to vulnerable populations and laid the groundwork for peace in some of the world’s most conflict-affected regions.
“Hunger is one of the most destabilizing forces in a society. Without the WFP, the efforts of peacebuilders would not be possible,” said Joe Lataille, acting president and CFO of USIP. “We cannot begin to build peace until people’s basic needs are met, and the WFP has saved countless lives from the brink of starvation. We are grateful and proud to call the WFP our partners.”
In 2019 alone, the WFP served over 100 million people in 88 countries in what is the largest humanitarian food and hunger assistance program in the world. And this year, with the number of people facing life-threatening food insecurity expected to double as a result of COVID-19, the WFP has only expanded its reach—playing a crucial role in the global response to the pandemic.
“This honor is very well-deserved,” said Tyler Beckelman, USIP’s director of international partnerships. “When the world locked down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WFP provided the logistical backbone to humanitarians, health workers, and peacebuilders, keeping open a lifeline to people affected by conflict across the world. This award underscores the crucial need for international solidarity and cooperation, exemplified by WFP’s extraordinary work, in the midst of a generational pandemic.”
USIP has partnered with the WFP in numerous conflict zones to build the foundations for peace, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership as the world tackles the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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USIP Announces 2021-2022 Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellows
Thursday, September 16, 2021
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The U.S. Institute of Peace is pleased to announce the 2021-22 cohort of Peace Scholar Fellows. This year 115 applicants from 88 U.S. universities applied for this prestigious award. The 18 award recipients demonstrated the greatest potential to advance the peacebuilding field and the strongest likelihood to inform policy and practice.
In Memoriam: John Warner
Thursday, May 27, 2021
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The U.S. Institute of Peace is deeply saddened by the loss of former Senator John Warner, a military veteran and leader renowned for his willingness to seek peace both globally and across the aisle. Warner served in World War II, the Korean War and went on to serve as undersecretary and secretary of the U.S. Navy before entering politics and becoming the second longest-serving U.S. senator in Virginia’s history.
In Memoriam: George P. Shultz
Sunday, February 7, 2021
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The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) mourns the death of George P. Shultz, a World War II veteran, economist, and academic whose expertise earned him prominent cabinet-level appointments during the Nixon and Reagan administrations. As President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, Secretary Shultz helped to shape U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy at a pivotal moment in history.
Statement on Ethiopia by the Senior Study Group on Peace and Security in the Red Sea Arena
Thursday, November 5, 2020
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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’s people and for the region and would pose a direct threat to international peace and security. The acceleration of polarization amid violent conflict would also mark the death knell for the country’s nascent reform effort that began two years ago and the promise of a democratic transition that it heralded.
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USIP Announces Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowships
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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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 Randolph Senior Fellowship Program is a foundational component of the Institute’s peacebuilding mission. The fellows become an integral part of USIP’s work and contribute to thought leadership and research efforts.
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