Dignity and Development Forum Panel Discussion | US Peace Policy: Can America Help Fragile States Flourish?


Location: Downes Ballroom, Corbett Family Hall | Zoom Webinar

After twenty years of US military engagement, Afghanistan seems more fragile than ever. What can the US government learn from this $2 trillion investment and other counterterrorism efforts? In the most vulnerable parts of the world, where violent conflict, climate change, and migration often intersect, can America invest strategically to promote stability? Can lawmakers integrate diplomacy, foreign aid, and international cooperation with national security interests? At this session top officials from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and the U.S. International Agency for Development, will join conflict prevention and peacebuilding experts to discuss a possible new paradigm for foreign policy in fragile states.


This panel is part of the Keough School's Dignity and Development Forum, which will include thought-provoking talks from prominent world leaders, investigations of important proposals by scholars and practitioners, and much more.

The Notre Dame campus community is invited to attend in person, and no registration is required.

If you are not on campus, we welcome you to join remotely. Please register for the forum to get access to this panel. 

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Anne A. Witkowsky
Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US Department of State




James Saenz
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Stabilization Policy, US Department of Defense



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Robert Jenkins
Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization



Lise Grande Web

Lise Grande
CEO, United States Institute of Peace




Josefina Echavarria Alvarez, Keough School of Global Affairs

Annie Pforzheimer, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Lisa Schirch, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Ryan Seeley, Mercy Corps

Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations

Paul TurnerFund for Peace

Erol YaybokeCenter for Strategic and International Studies


Maura PolicelliExecutive Director, Keough School Washington Office


The Notre Dame campus community is welcome to join us for a reception at 4:00 p.m., following this discussion. Refreshments will be served.