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How to Help Vulnerable States Prevent Their Own Crises

FILE -- Afghan Local Police at a small outpost after fighting Taliban insurgents along a road leading to Tagab, Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2014. While some militias the U.S. helped create -- to protect areas from the Taliban as the American military reduced its footprint in the country -- are operating as hoped, others have a reputation for abuse and banditry. (Andrew Quilty/The New York Times)

A New European Union Policy Highlights Global Focus on Averting Violent Conflict

The European Union recently released a strategy to bolster a growing priority of its foreign and defense policy: to help countries vulnerable to crisis build their resilience against catastrophic events, notably violent conflict. As warfare has uprooted the bulk of the world’s 65 million displaced people, the EU’s approach reflects a growing global focus on the importance of preventing civil war and its devastation. The United Nations, World Bank and U.S. government are among the organizations taking up this agenda.

On November 30, USIP gathers U.S., European and World Bank officials to discuss how governments and international organizations can better coordinate the implementation of this broad new approach to halting violent conflicts.

The European Union issued its “strategic approach to resilience” this year as the World Bank and United Nations are completing a broad study on ways to catalyze the international community to better prevent violent conflicts. Concurrently, the State Department and other U.S. agencies are reviewing the United States’ efforts to help states struggling for stability in the face of warfare. As governments and international organizations improve these strategies, where are the obstacles to better coordination? Christian Leffler of the European Union will open this discussion by laying out the new EU policy framework.


Christian Leffler
Deputy Secretary General of the European Union External Action Service

Nancy Lindborg
President, US Institute of Peace

Franck Bousquet
Senior Director of the Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Group, World Bank

Raphael Carland
Managing Director, Office of Foreign Assistance Resources, State Department

Joe Hewitt, Moderator
Vice President, Planning, Learning and Strategy, US Institute of Peace



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2017-11-30 14:00:00 2017-11-30 15:30:00 America/New_York How to Help Vulnerable States Prevent Their Own Crises European Union Delegation in the US: How to Help Vulnerable States Prevent Their Own Crises U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington European Union Delegation in the US delegation-usa-info@eeas.europa.eu
November 30, 2017

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

U.S. Institute of Peace,
2301 Constitution Ave, NW,
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