Managing International Conflict in a Transformed World: The Work of the U.S. Institute of Peace
Friday, 17 May 2013 11 AM
Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University
Hanaway Theatre, Plymouth, NH
Event is free. Tickets are available in advance to ensure admission.
For information call (603) 535-ARTS (2787)
Presented by Plymouth State University and Rotary International District 7850
In the two decades since the end of the Cold War, the world of challenges and opportunities facing America abroad has fundamentally changed. Great power confrontations have receded, but have given way to regions of political chaos and the threat of terrorism. Globalized economic relations are raising living standards, but also subjecting developed and developing countries to financial instability, intense market competition and job insecurity. Nuclear weapons are proliferating, while ethnic and religious conflicts are creating political instability. And new, non-military threats to security are emerging: electronic (cyber) vulnerabilities, humanitarian crises, health pandemics, food insecurity.
Our Cold War-era institutions of diplomacy and defense are slowly adapting to the challenges of this new era. One promising new institution facilitating this adaptation is the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Created by Congress in 1984, the Institute has become a world-recognized center of innovation in international conflict management. Now housed in a dramatic permanent headquarters on the National Mall in Washington, USIP trains conflict mangers and collaborates with America’s diplomats and military to prevent conflicts from turning violent and stabilizing countries torn apart by war and internal strife.
Dr. Richard Solomon, President of the Institute for two decades, will explore the challenges of this new era in international affairs, and describe the work of USIP in helping our national institutions of diplomacy and defense adapt to this new agenda. Solomon’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion.