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'Is Peace and Conflict Diplomacy Broken?' - A Webinar with Pamela Aall and Chet Crocker

August 11, 2020 at 4:00 PM 
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Pamela Aall, senior advisor with USIP, and Chet Crocker, former Secretary of State for African Affairs, will discuss the diplomacy of managing conflicts throughout the world.

For two decades after the end of the Cold War the US, often acting through the United Nations, used its diplomacy to resolve conflicts around the world. It played a central role in settling the conflict in southern Africa between Angola and South Africa, as well as the Bosnian civil war, the Cambodian conflict, and the wars in Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, El Salvador and between north and south Sudan. But it did not act alone. Other countries and institutions, including non-governmental institutions, also played active roles in helping to resolve conflict and set countries on the road to democracy and economic development. Today, however, the US and others have pulled back from those tasks, and the UN is often immobilized by discord in the Security Council. In this age of “go-it-alone” foreign policies among the major states and institutions, can we still help to end debilitating conflicts? Or is peace and conflict diplomacy broken beyond repair?


Pamela Aall is senior advisor for conflict prevention and management at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) where for many years she headed the education and training center. She is also an adjunct professor at American University. She serves on the board of Women in International Security and is a counsellor of the World Refugee Council. She has co-authored and co-edited articles and books in the field of conflict management with Chester Crocker and Fen Hampson and written on NGOs in conflict environments. Her forthcoming book (co-edited with Dan Snodderly) is Responding to Violent Conflicts and Humanitarian Crises: A Guide to Participants.

Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where his teaching focuses on international conflict management and mediation. His government career began on the National Security Council (1970-72) followed by service as assistant secretary of State for African affairs (1981-89). He served on the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace for twenty years through 2011, including twelve years as chairman of this independent, non-partisan institution created and funded by Congress. He has co-authored or co-edited ten books on conflict management with Pamela Aall and Fen Hampson, most recently International Negotiation and Mediation in Violent Conflicts (2018). He is a founding director and vice-chair of the Global Leadership Foundation.