A New Direction for USAID-At Home and Abroad
This 2nd forum in a series on Defense Development, and Diplomacy will look at the proposed Cabinet-level development agency, and the new pathways the Obama administration might pursue to increase collaboration and cooperation between the Development community and the various arms of the U.S. foreign policy establishment. What are the right solutions to the bureaucratic roadblocks? How could these changes ultimately lead to better structures and better-implemented foreign policy? What are the challenges in appropriating more money in Congress for USAID?
When: Today, March 10, 2009, from 9a – 10:30a (too late to RSVP)
Where: Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium (1st Floor), School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
RICK BARTON – Senior Adviser, CSIS International Security Program; Co-Director, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project
Frederick Barton is a senior advisor in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ International Security Program, and Co-Director of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project. He is currently on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Assistance, was a member of the Presidential Transition Agency Review Team on Development Assistance, and was the chair of the Obama for President Subgroup on Post Conflict Reconstruction. He was also a member of the CSIS Commission on Smart Power, cochairman of the Working Group on Stabilization and Reconstruction at the U.S. Institute of Peace, cochairman of the Working Group on Reconstruction and Development at the Princeton Project on National Security, and an expert advisor to the Iraq Study Group and the Task Force on the United Nations.
RAYMOND SHONHOLTZ – Founder and President, Partners for Democratic Change
Raymond Shonholtz, J.D., is the Founder and President of Partners for Democratic Change [Partners], an international organization established in 1989 committed to building sustainable local capacity to advance civil society and culture of change and conflict management worldwide. Partners in one of the largest change management organization globally with 17 national, independent national Centers in Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Balkan Regions, and three new Centers established in 2009 in Colombia, Serbia, and Yemen. In 1976, Mr. Shonholtz established and served as President of the award-wining Community Board Program, the first mediation initiative in the United States that brought conflict resolution skills and processed into American neighborhoods and schools, and has been modeled in dozens of the countries. Mr. Shonholtz is an attorney and has an extensive background in legal practice, education, and policy.
GORDON ADAMS – Distinguished Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center; Professor U.S. Foreign Policy, American University
Gordon Adams is a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center and a Professor of the U.S. Foreign Policy at American University. Mr. Adams was most recently a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. For the previous seven years, he was a professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and Director of the Schools Security Policy Studies Program. He was previously Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and served for five years as the Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Adams received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and has published books, monographs and articles on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and on national security budgets.
ABOUT THIS FORUM
Since 1999, the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum (CPRF) has provided a monthly platform in Washington for highlighting innovative and constructive methods of conflict resolution. CPRF’s goals are to (1) provide information from a wide variety of perspectives; (2) explore possible solutions to complex conflicts; and (3) provide a secure venue for stakeholders from various disciplines to engage in cross-sector and multi-track problem-solving. The CPRF is co-sponsored by a consortium of organizations that specialize in conflict resolution and/or public policy formulation.
(This series is co-sponsored by the 3D Security Initiative)
Alliance for Peacebuilding, Charles F. Dambach
American University, Center for Global Peace, Joseph Montville
Council on Foreign Relations, Center for Preventive Action, Paul B. Stares
George Mason University, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution, Joseph Montville
United States Institute of Peace, Pamela Aall
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity, Howard Wolpe
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Conflict Management Program, Terrence Hopmann
Search for Common Ground, John Marks
Partners for Democratic Change, Raymond Shonholtz