Tuesday, May 9, 2017
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM EDT Download iCalendar entry for this event.
U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

IM Event: The Evolving Role of Transition Assistance as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States is faced with one of the most unstable and fragile periods in post-Bretton Woods history.  America's relationship with the liberal international system is threatened by failed states, competing superpower interests, global terror networks, cyber-security threats, secret nuclear weapons programs and an increasing number of states threatened with fragility from famine, food insecurity, climate change, conflict, migration, and refugees.  More than ever, the U.S. Government needs to better utilize its complete foreign policy toolkit. U.S. transition assistance is one of those mission critical foreign policy instruments and given the current global geopolitical environment, U.S. transition assistance should be closely analyzed for its obvious successes and perhaps even scaled for greater impact in the years ahead.  

Robert Jenkins, Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and Executive Director of the Agency’s Task Force on Syria, will deliver a keynote address on the current strategic role that transition assistance plays in the U.S. foreign policy toolkit and where transition assistance programming needs to evolve in the future to maintain programmatic effectiveness and maintain policy relevance and to continue solving mission critical foreign policy and national security challenges. A panel discussion will follow on the intersection of conflict resolution and peacebuilding within the broader development community. 

Please join the United States Institute of Peace and SID-Washington for this dynamic discussion about The Evolving Role of Transition Assistance as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy.

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Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace and Security


President, Democracy International
Coordinator, USAID Task Force to Defeat ISIS. Recently served as USAID Mission Director In Nigeria.
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), USAID
Director, Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), USAID

For more information contact Paul Sherman at: [email protected]