Washington, D.C. – With political unrest spreading across the Middle East and North Africa highlighting the importance of a proactive and preventive U.S. foreign policy, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Project (NSP) is calling for a new national security strategy to help fragile states govern themselves effectively and legitimately. To examine this issue, the BPC will hold a panel discussion on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, to discuss NSP’s new report, A Stitch in Time: Stabilizing Fragile States, which focuses on two necessary aspects of stabilization assistance: security and governance. Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will deliver the keynote address, describing his experience governing Colombia and the policy changes and investments he initiated a decade ago to reverse the country’s decline.
The BPC argues that the best U.S. strategy for national security is preventing, rather than reacting to, the urgent security threats caused by failed states. The forum will examine how Colombia pulled itself back from the brink of state failure to become a thriving nation, as well as key findings and recommendations from NSP’s report on how U.S. officials can best address the challenges facing similar countries.
President Alvaro Uribe, Former President of Colombia
- Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, (Moderator) Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy & Global Affairs; Co-Chair, NSP’s Stabilizing Fragile States Initiative
- General (ret.) Admiral Gregory Johnson, (Moderator) Former Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Europe; Co-Chair, NSP’s Stabilizing Fragile States Initiative
- Ambassador Kenneth Brill, President, Fund for Peace
- Lorne Craner, President, International Republican Institute
- Matthew Gerke, Fellow, Center on National Security and the Law,
- Georgetown University Law Center
- Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. AID
- Dr. Michael Makovsky, NSP Foreign Policy Director, BPC
- Blaise Misztal, NSP Associate Director, BPC
- Jeffrey Nadaner, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations
- Nancy Sodeberg, Former Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
- Ken Wollack, President, National Democratic Institute
Keynote Address by former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe
Panel Discussion and Release of NSP’s New Report, A Stitch in Time: Stabilizing Fragile States
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
2:00 PM- 4:30 PM
Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 I Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
Space is limited. Members of the press wishing to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Press set-up will begin at 1:00PM.