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Preventing Conflict: The Role of Diplomacy and Development in Reducing Insecurity Community

  • Austin Community College Eastview Campus
  • 3401 Webberville Road
  • Auditorium
  • Building 8500
  • Austin, TX 78702
  • February 20, 2019
  • Phone: (503) 896-5898
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Price: Free

The world is experiencing a 25-year peak in violent conflict, trapping millions of innocent men, women and children in cycles of poverty and displacement. More than 550,000 people die from violence every year in places like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, while the annual humanitarian need globally has increased from $3.5 billion to over $20 billion since 2004. In 2016, only 2 percent of official development assistance to fragile countries was dedicated to conflict prevention. Yet, we know these programs work: they enhance security and promote stability that can break devastating cycles of violence.

Congress has introduced the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 to help solve this problem. This landmark bipartisan legislation would create for the first time a U.S. government wide-strategy to prevent and reduce violent conflict in some of the world's most fragile environments.

The event will feature Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Admiral William McRaven and Mercy Corps Deputy Regional Director of Middle East Ghilda Chrabieh, moderated by Mercy Corps VP for POlicy and Research Dafna Rand. This evening's panelists have spent their careers at the highest levels of the U.S government and on the front lines of conflict zones working to prevent and resolve deadly violence through diplomacy, defense, and humanitarian and development work. They will share reflections from their experiences working in complex environments and offer ideas for preventing violent conflict globally.

Preventing Conflict: The Role of Diplomacy and Development in Reducing Insecurity
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  • Austin Community College Eastview Campus
  • Free