Lipset Reappointed Director of U.S. Institute of Peace

Posted: February 19, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Muneeza Alam

Seymour Martin Lipset, Hazel Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Policy, was appointed by former President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to his second term as a director of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). Lipset was sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer and was soon afterwards elected by the USIP board of directors to serve as vice chairman of the board.

USIP is an independent federal institution created by Congress to strengthen the nation’s capabilities to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts. Lipset has been a member of the USIP board, which meets approximately five times every year, since 1995. The board is bipartisan, but is designated by the incumbent president and subject to ratification by the Senate.

“The USIP is largely funded by the government and awards research grants, appoints fellows, and administers various conflict reduction programs,” says Lipset. The institute also provides professional training programs, conferences and workshops, library services, publications, and other educational activities. For more information, visit the USIP web site.

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