3P Events & work with civil society in Iraq and Afghanistan

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 November 2011 
Upcoming Events

November 29  Designing an Afghan Peace Process in Comparative Perspective  

3P will present our research at the US Institute of Peace from 2-4pm and at private briefings at the Pentagon and State Department.   


November 30 "International Models for Stability Operations"

3P will present our research on civil society-military relations at the National Defense University's annual conference   


December 1-4 Afghan Civil Society ForPum in Bonn, Germany

3P is honored to participate as one of a few international observers
December 5 "National Security from the Outside In"
3P will present our research at a conference organized by Global Systems Initiative at the Stimson Center in Washington DC

December 7-9 Alliance for Peacebuilding fall meeting 3P is organizing Congressional visits and meetings with the State Department for AfP  

December 8 3P is taking part in a select group convened by USIP to advise the US government on training and education for conflict prevention
December 15 "A Debrief on Busan:  What Happened and What's Next? Analysis and Next Steps Following the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness"
3P is organizing this event, details to follow, with the Woodrow Wilson Center and others
Civil Society in Iraq

3P works with a variety of Iraqi civil society organizations who have worked for decades to build a society with a strong sense of citizenship, human rights and participatory decisionmaking and democracy.

These groups are nearly invisible to US military personnel and policymakers.  But they have tremendous insights to share with policymakers on how to better bring an end to the war and navigate a path towards stability that will benefit all Iraqis.

Iraqi civil society leaders from universities, NGOs, religious organizations and business associations have had rich experiences working on reconciliation between tribes, fostering local economic development and strengthening local governance.  Moreover, they know local languages and know how to interact respectfully with Iraq's different religious, tribal and ethnic groups. 

In an effort to help shape a more effective US policy to support Iraqi democracy, 3P has brought delegations of Iraqis to Washington, DC to meet with policymakers.  Now, with Mennonite Central Committee Iraq and our Iraqi civil society partners, we are in the midst of conducting research and planning a more formal delegation of Iraqi civil society leaders to the US.

In August, 3P Program Manager John Filson returned to Iraq and helped Mennonite Centra
3P staff John Filson in Iraql Committee conduct interviews and gather insights from Iraqi communities and partners. 
John had lived and worked in Iraq prior to joining 3P. 

Read John's Common Ground News article, Hope
is not a scarce resource in Iraq.

Delegation of Iraqi professors to the US
In September, 3P hosted a delegation of Iraqi professors visiting Washington DC, in coordination with New York University. We organized a variety of opportunities for them to speak on their analysis of Iraq with US agencies and DC-based NGOs and think tanks.

In October, 3P Program Assistant Carly Taylor traveled to Iraq and took part in research and meetings along with MCC staff in preparation for the delegation to the US.  We are currently processing this research and will publish a policy brief on Iraqi civil society in Spring 2012. 

After UNESCO: Implications for U.S. Leadership


3P's Israeli Palestinian Congressional Forum organized a November 17 briefing for 40 Congressional staff from both Republican and Democrat offices.  The forum discussed the October 31 UNESCO vote to grant the Palestinian PLO full membership. This historic vote has led to a mandated cut-off of U.S. funding to UNESCO. Possible future automatic cuts from agencies that represent important U.S. national interests--such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the World Health Organization (WHO)--have called into question the strategy of linking U.S. policy toward the PLO and its funding of the UN. 


Speakers at the 3P briefing included (from left to right):Congressional briefing


Nizar Farsakh, General Director, PLO General Delegation to the U.S.

Roee Ruttenberg, Independent Tel Aviv-based Israeli-American Journalist

Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen (moderator), Center for Conflict Management, United States Institute of Peace

Amb. Mark P. Lagon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs

Amb. Nancy Soderberg, former Alternate Representative to the UN

Jeffrey Kushan, Intellectual Property/Patents expert, Sidley Austin LLP


Click here to read the report  After UNESCO: Implications for US Leadership     


3P Testifies to Congress on 10th Anniversary of War in Afghanistan

3P testified to a Members of Congress on October 6, the 10th Anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. 3P shared key findings on the lack of sufficient diplomatic initiatives and structures to support a Congressional hearing on Afghanistancomprehensive peace process in Afghanistan to bring an end to the war. 

These findings are drawn from Schirch's published report on

 Designing a Comprehensive Peace Process in Afghanistan.  



3P hosted the Afghan NGO Integrity Watch Afghanistan visit to Washington DC, setting up meetings for their Director of Policy Karolina OKarolina Olofssonlofsson.  Watch our short YouTube interview with her as she explains the problem of corruption in Afghanistan and how community-based corruption monitoring can help. The U.S. has an important role in supporting community-based corruption monitoring by requiring contractors to share information with local communities who can hold them to account for reconstruction projects.  Corruption is a central issue in Afghanistan; one that needs to be addressed so the country can move from war to peace.

Also visit Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) website at http://www.iwaweb.org/

Thank you to our Funders...


3P Human Security is grateful for the support of our funders who make our work possible. These include the Compton Foundation , the Colombe Foundation  and  the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's new Peacebuilding Program.

Many of 3P's programs are not yet fully funded.  Your private donations make it possible for us to print our publications for distribution to Congress and to support very modest transportation for our delegates from Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere to come to the US to talk to policymakers here. 

We welcome donations of any size through Eastern Mennonite University's secure server Donations page. Just click here to make a donation!

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