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A New Framework for Enduring Peace

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Answering the call by the Interagency Stabilization Assistance Review for action from the international community to address fragility more effectively, CL/IPSI/Elliott School of International Affairs and other strategic partners provided a platform for world leaders, policy makers, legislators, development practitioners, peacebuilders, and the private sector to address the challenges to implementing coordinated stabilization programming.  Leveraging the new USG definition of stabilization, we examined opportunities to innovate stabilization solutions to violent conflicts.

Over two days in June 2018, the Stabilization Symposium delved into how we apply a single definition of stability across the USG and its partners, how we coordinate and burden share with our allies, multilaterals, and other donors, and how we implement effective stabilization activities.

There were fast-paced presentations, structured networking, interactive workshops, open space methodologies for collaboration, and high-powered attendees. We enjoyed lunch at our pop-up Conflict Cuisine Café [included with registration – view menu], where we celebrated the incredible culinary offerings and music of countries where current stabilization activities are taking place, and explored how food is central to both survival and resilience.

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The George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

The Symposium’s agenda will be:

Day One: New U.S. and International Policy Frameworks for Responding to Violent Conflict

Leaders from the Department of State, USAID, Department of Defense, National Security Council, Implementing Partners, Capitol Hill, Civil Society, and international partners explored the Stabilization Assistance Review and other new policy frameworks and grappled with questions concerning implementation, including division of labor, sequencing, and measures of success.

Day Two: New Partnerships and Practices to Advance Conflict Prevention, Mitigation, and Stabilization

Leaders from the World Bank, UN, OECD, DFID/FCO, and other international donors/organizations engaged with the USG, implementing partners and CSOs on possibilities for common action and pooled funding to achieve greater stability. Special attention was paid to coordinating efforts to avoid working at cross purposes, and how to build flexibility into programming with achievable and realistic goals and funding.

Dress Code: Civilians Business Professional, Military Service Uniform (ASU, etc.) 

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Kristen Cordell
Senior Advisor (USAID/PPL)
SAR Lead

Peter Quaranto 
Peace and Security (State/F)
SAR Lead

Dr. Patrick Quirk
Senior Policy Advisor (State/CSO)
SAR Lead

Sara Reckless
Transition Advisor (USAID/OTI)
SAR Lead

Kelly Uribe
Senior Policy Advisor (OSD/SHA)
SAR Lead

Karen Freeman
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator (USAID/DCHA)

Jason Ladnier
Director, Office of Partnerships, Strategy, and Communications (DOS/CSO)

Mark Swayne
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, SOLIC Policy (DOD/OSD)

Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr
Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command

Raphael Carland
Managing Director for Policy, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources (F)

Tess McEnery
Director for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, National Security Council, White House

Amb. Charles Ries
Vice President, International, RAND

Dr. Jacob Shapiro
Co-Director, Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, Woodrow Wilson School

Melissa Dalton
Senior Fellow & Deputy Director, International Security Program, CSIS

Tine Knott
Vice President, Center for Secure and Stable States, DAI

COL Tony Thacker
Chief, USCENTCOM, Interagency Action Group, Civil Affairs Operations Division

Shareef Khatib
Chief of Party, Creative Associates NRTI/NERI Project

Megan Doherty
Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, Mercy Corps

LTC Arnel David
COS, Army Future Studies Group

Justin Richmond
Executive Director, Impl.

Amb. Rick Barton
Lecturer, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School

Laurel Patterson
Senior Policy Advisor, Crisis, Fragility and Resilience, UNDP

Ben Long
Country Representative, USAID/OTI Ukraine

Stacia George
Director, West and Central Africa and Haiti, Chemonics

LTG Marc Caron (ret.)
DCAF, International Security Sector Advisory Team

Dr. Stephen Watts
Senior Political Scientist, RAND

Melanie Greenberg
President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Stephen Lennon
Director (USAID/OTI)

Alexa Courtney
CEO, Frontier Design

Jason Ladnier
Director, Office of Partnerships, Strategy, and Communications (DOS/CSO)

Carola Mandelbaum
CEO, Creative Learning

Corinne Graff
Senior Policy Scholar, USIP

Amb. Dan Mozena
Senior Coordinator on Boko Haram (DOS)

Julie Werbel
Senior Advisor (USAID/CVE)

Moises Venancio
Regional Advisor, Iraq and Syria Crisis Countries, UNDP

Peter McDermott
Deputy Director, Stabilisation Unit, FCO

Paul B. Stares
Director, Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations

Kevin Melton
Transition Advisor (USAID/OTI)
SAR Contributing Writer

Earl Gast
Executive Vice President for Programs, Creative Associates

Frances Z. Brown
Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Jeremy “Jez” Haslam
Senior Principal Global Practice Leader, Center for Secure and Stable States, DAI

Jenny Willier Murphy
Senior Rule of Law Advisor, Creative Associates

Andrew Joseph Michels
Former Senior Security Sector and Rule of Law Advisor (USAID)

Greg Ducot
Deputy Director, ICITAP

Charles “Chuck” T. Call
Nonresident Senior Fellow,  Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution

Sarah Scarcelli
Deputy Director (DOS/CSO)

Deborah Kimble
Director, Governance & Community Resilience, Creative Associates

Harry Bader
Acting Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab (USAID)

COL Joe Holland
Chief, Stability and Humanitarian Engagement Division
J-5 Global Policy & Partnerships

Howie Lind
President, International Stability Operations Association

COL William Flavin (ret.)
Asst. Director, PKSOI

Kate Somvongsiri
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator (USAID/DCHA)

Henk-Jan Brinkman
Chief, Policy, Planning and Application Branch,  UN Peacebuilding Support Office

BG Kimberly Field (ret.)
Director, CVE, Creative Associates

Jim Hake
CEO, Spirit of America

John Agoglia
Director, Trinity Planning & Investments

Elizabeth Winger Shevock
Team Leader, West Africa (USAID/OTI)

Mark Iozzi
Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee

Lauren Van Mètre
Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Dr. Daniel Server
Chair, Conflict Management Program, Johns Hopkins University SAIS


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