Panel Discussion Focuses on Foreign Assistance in Post-Conflict Settings

Posted: February 25, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Recent post-conflict reconstruction, stabilization and development efforts have revealed a range of new challenges that call into question much of the prevailing conventional wisdom and practice in this area.

A panel discussion titled “Rethinking Foreign Assistance in Post-Conflict Settings — Development, Security and Sustainability” features a group of distinguished experts whose collective experience bridges the worlds of policy and academia.

The discussion will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

With a view to providing thought leadership for a new administration, the experts will address a range of related topics, including the role of the military in development work and the implications of securitizing foreign assistance; the role of short- versus long-term foreign aid in peace building efforts; and lessons learned regarding the contributions of democracy and governance programming in post-conflict transitions.

Speakers are

  • Reuben Brigety II, director, Sustainable Security Program, Center for American Progress; and assistant professor of government and politics, George Mason University

  • Robert Jenkins, acting director, Office of Transition Initiatives, United States Agency for International Development

  • Terrence Lyons, co-director, Center for Global Studies, George Mason University; and senior program advisor, the Carter Center

  • Sloan Mann, cofounder and managing director, Development Transformations

  • Agnieszka Paczynska, associate professor of conflict analysis and resolution, George Mason University; and Franklin fellow, Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, U.S. Department of State

This event is sponsored by Mason’s Center for Global Studies. To attend, RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 25, to

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