US Peace Policy: Can America Help Fragile States Flourish?

Downes Ballroom, Corbett Family Hall, University of Notre Dame
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., March 18, 2022

This event is part of the Keough School’s Dignity and Development Forum. We invite the global community to join us virtually in March 2022. The Notre Dame campus community is invited to join us in person.

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.


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

Robert Jenkins

Assistant to the Administrator, USAID

Lise Grande

CEO, United States Institute of Peace

Maura Policelli

Executive Director, Keough School Washington Office