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January 2017

Education for Peacebuilding: Empirical findings and insights

January 31 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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REGISTER Here Join the Washington Network on Children & Armed Conflict for an online discussion with experts and practitioners on the role education can play in strengthening social cohesion, resilience, and human security in conflict-affected contexts. The discussion will explore findings from UNICEF's Peacebuilding, Education, and Advocacy Programme (PBEA) and the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding, as well as insights from education programs for peacebuilding in Lebanon and Macedonia: Dr Mieke Lopes Cardozo, co-director of the Research Consortium on…

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Building Inclusive, Stronger Peace Processes: Here’s How

January 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, 20037 United States
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The inclusion of marginalized groups in peace processes is key to preventing violence. How do we get there?

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February 2017

#CPRF Negotiation Day – How Negotiations End: Negotiators’ Behavior in the End Game

February 27 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Join us on Monday, February 27th, to learn more about how successful peace negotiations work.

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March 2017

“Conflict is Inevitable, Violence is not”: Shamil Idriss at Pacific Lutheran University

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Karen Hille Phillips Center For The Performing Arts, 12180 Park Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98444 United States
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Our President and CEO Shamil Idriss will be speaking about grassroots conflict prevention at the Pacific Lutheran University on March 1st.

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Building the Programs That Can Better Build the Peace

March 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, 20037 United States
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Join us on Tuesday, March 7 as experts discuss ways to improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding programs to stop violent conflict.

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April 2017

Building Community Resilience to Natural Resource Conflict

April 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
World Bank, 1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20433 United States
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Natural resources have the power to greatly improve the lives of citizens in fragile and conflict-affected countries, through revenue, investment, jobs, security, international attention, and more. Instead, they often prove to be flashpoints for corruption and violence. How can donors and government work together with community-based organizations, civil society, and NGOs to manage natural resource competition and address conflict and fragility. This summary was originally published on the World Bank website. Panelists Janet Edmonds Senior Director, Peace and Development Partnerships,…

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Engaging Civil Society to Make a Difference in Situations of Fragility, Conflict and Violence

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
World Bank, 1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20433 United States
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This panel discussion will consider mechanisms for productively engaging with civil society in situations of fragility, conflict and violence. Using case examples and theories of change, the session will discuss how social accountability and citizen engagement can address some of the drivers of fragility and contribute to long term stability; how these approaches can strengthen institutional capacities, build citizen trust in government and state legitimacy, and improve delivery of basic services, and more. Join the conversation #SocialAcc and #SMCSO17 This…

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#CPRF: How to Get a Job in Peacebuilding

April 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Interested in working in the peacebuilding field but not sure how to get your foot in the door? Join us for a networking event that will offer young professionals and graduate students the opportunity to learn more about peacebuilding and conflict resolutions organizations and institutions.

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May 2017

Coming Together and Falling Apart: How Tech is Impacting Peace and Conflict

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park
San Diego , CA 92110 United States
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Shamil Idriss will address the impact that rapidly developing technology is having on peace and stability, and its untapped potential for positive effect, as well as the opportunity and barriers to that positive impact.

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The Hidden Truth About Violent Conflict: Igniting Social Change in a Polarized World

May 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thomas and Mack Moot Court, University of Nevada, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154 United States
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Our President and CEO Shamil Idriss explains how we can build safer and healthier communities using the Common Ground Approach.

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Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Findings Symposium

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Liberia Strategic Analysis will be hosting a symposium on the findings of the first social cohesion and reconciliation index (SCORE) for Liberia.

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Nonviolent Communication Skills Training Day

May 17 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, 78 Bishopsgate
London, EC2N 4AG United Kingdom
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£50

This one day course by accredited NVC trainer Lawrence Kershen QC will build your skills in observing challenging situations and how you respond to them, in identifying your own feelings and finding ways to get your needs met, while also identifying and showing empathy and respect for the needs of others.

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#GLPF: Elections, Conflict and Violence Against Civilians in the DRC

May 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, 1619 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, 20036
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Join us at the Great Lakes Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. on 5/18.

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June 2017

Human Rights Responses to Transnational Organized Crime and Trafficking in Persons

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, 1050 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Suite 570
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Join us to discuss how human rights programs can help meet the challenge of human trafficking.

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#CPRF – Understanding Fragility and Building Resilience: From the Sahel to Myanmar

June 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, 20037 United States
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Join us on Tuesday, June 6th, at the United States Institute of Peace!

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Premiere of The Journey

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, NY 10014 United States
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Join us for the US premiere of The Journey, the new movie by Director Nick Hamm — a gripping account of how two men came together to change history.

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Filling the Evidence Gap: How Youth Contribute to Peace & Security

June 20 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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REGISTER Here Join the Washington Network on Children & Armed Conflict on Tuesday, January 20, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am Eastern Time (EST) for an online discussion of findings from a global survey of youth-led organizations working in peace and security. Designed to fill gaps in knowledge and evidence on young people’s contributions to peace processes and conflict resolution, the survey asked youth organizations a series of questions on their operations and impact. Peacebuilding expert Rashmi Thapa will share…

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Premiere of The Journey – Washington D.C.

June 20 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, 20037 United States
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Join us for the U.S. premiere of The Journey, the new movie by Director Nick Hamm — a gripping account of how two men came together to change history.

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July 2017

Yemen: Pathways for Peace and Stability

July 6 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Brussels School of International Studies, Boulevard Louis Schmidt 2A
Etterbeek, 1040 Belgium
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Please RSVP to Fien de Baere, fdebaere@sfcg.org, if you would like to participate. Seats are limited and registration is recommended. Join us and the Brussels School of International Studies for a conversation with Search - Yemen's Country Director, Shoqi Maktary, with welcoming remarks by our President and CEO, Shamil Idriss. Yemen is at a critical juncture in its history. In a country of approximately 27 million people, over 10,000 have been killed, 3.1 million displaced, and thousands more are facing…

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Responding to a Food Crisis and Insecurity: Northeast Nigerian Possibilities

July 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Russell Senate Office Building, Room 188, Washington, DC 20002 United States + Google Map

Join us for a conversation with our Program Coordinator Jared Miller and others on the Nigerian crisis.

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Central African Republic: the Forgotten Crisis

July 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rayburn House Office Building, #2060, 45 Independence Avenue Southwest
Washington, DC 20515 United States
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Join the Congressional African Staff Association and Believe in Africa for a conversation on the crisis in the Central African Republic. RSVP Here Speakers Mike Jobbins Director of Global Affairs Search for Common Ground Susan Stigant Africa Director U.S. Institute of Peace Emira Woods Associate Fellow Institute for Policy Studies Moderator: Alex Arieff Specialist in African Affairs Congressional Research Service

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August 2017

Expanding the Role of Youth in Building Peace, Security

August 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, 20037 United States
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Join us on August 8 for a discussion of new ideas and resources for strengthening the role of youth who are reducing violence.

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International Youth Day 2017: Youth Building Peace

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
United Nations Headquarters, 46th Street and 1st Avenue
New York City, NY 10017 United States
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We're celebrating Youth Day at the United Nations HQ!

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September 2017

CPRF: When Civilian Assistance and the Military Cross Paths

September 14 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
United States Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, 20037 United States
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How can professionals from across the civilian-military community come together to reduce violent conflict?

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We The Future: Accelerating Sustainable Development Solutions

September 21 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
TED Theater, 330 Hudson Street
New York City, NY 10013 United States
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Join us in New York or online on 9/21, International Day of Peace!

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Nigeria: Conflict in the Middle Belt

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515 United States
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Join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the ongoing conflict between cattle-herding nomadic groups and settled farming populations in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.

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Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Democracy in Rwanda

September 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515 United States
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Please join us for this Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on the state of democratic institutions in Rwanda.

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November 2017

Refugees, IDPs, and Asylum Seekers: Agents of Peacebuilding

November 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Description According to the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, the number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people (IDPs) around the world has topped 65 million. They have been driven from their home by conflict and violence, food and resource insecurity, and human rights violations. Despite their experiences and their interest in resolving conflicts in their native countries, international actors often fail to engage refugees and asylum seekers as peace advocates and peacebuilders. Refugees, IDPs, and asylum seekers…

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Advancing Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes and beyond: Lessons from the Field

November 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Freedom House, 1850 M Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Forum Details: The Great Lakes region of Africa, and more globally the East Africa region, are facing a series of challenges that are affecting peace and stability. The rise of violent extremism, increasing numbers of democratic crises that lead to electoral and other violence, and high levels of intrastate and fragmented conflicts in contexts of state fragility, which have forced millions of people from their homes and damaged livelihoods, are threatening the stability of the region. In this context, community…

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Save the Date: 2017 Common Ground Awards

November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Pierre, 2 E 61st Street
New York City, NY 10065 United States
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Mark your calendar to celebrate the 2017 Common Ground Awards: "Ripples of Change", honoring leaders who have transformed how the world deals with conflict.

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