U.S. Peace Policy: Can America Help Fragile States Flourish?


Location: Downes Ballroom, Corbett Family Hall/Zoom Webinar

Dignity And Development

This event is part of the Keough School of Global Affairs Dignity & Development Forum taking place March 17-18, 2022. 

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After twenty years of U.S. military engagement, Afghanistan seems more fragile than ever. What can the U.S. government learn from this $2 trillion investment and other counterterrorism efforts? In the most vulnerable parts of the world, where violent conflict, climate change, and migration often intersect, can America invest strategically to promote stability? Can lawmakers integrate diplomacy, foreign aid, and international cooperation with national security interests? 

At this session top officials from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and the U.S. International Agency for Development, will join conflict prevention and peacebuilding experts to discuss a possible new paradigm for foreign policy in fragile states.


Anne Witkowsky

Anne A. Witkowsky, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State

James Saenz

James Saenz, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Stabilization Policy, US Department of Defense

Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins, Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization


Lise Grande

Lise GrandeCEO, United States Institute of Peace

Maura Policelli

Moderator: Maura PolicelliExecutive Director, Keough School Washington Office



Josefina Echavarria Alvarez, Keough School of Global Affairs

Annie Pforzheimer, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Lisa Schirch, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Ryan Seeley, Mercy Corps

Paul B. StaresGeneral John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations

Paul TurnerFund for Peace

Erol YaybokeCenter for Strategic and International Studies

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