On  September, 28, 2017, stakeholders from both Nigeria and the United States gathered at the US Institute of Peace to deliberate on initiatives that will bring peace to Nigeria beyond military action.

The United States Institute of Peace works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world. USIP does this by engaging directly in conflict zones and by providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace. Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan, federally funded organization, USIP’s more than 300 staff work at the Institute’s D.C. headquarters, and on the ground in the world’s most dangerous regions.


Speakers at the event:

Nancy Lindborg

President, U.S. Institute of Peace


Ambassador Johnnie Carson

Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace


H.E. Cardinal John Onaiyekan

Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church and Former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria; Member, Nigeria Senior Working Group


Ambassador Princeton Lyman

Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace


General Martin Luther Agwai (retired)

Former Nigerian Chief of Army Staff and former commander of the combined United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan; Member, Nigeria Senior Working Group

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Department of State

Obiageli Ezekwesili

Former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, former Nigerian Minister,  Co-Founder of Transparency International,  and Co-Founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement

Sandra Clark

Director Office of West Africa Affairs, Department of State

Kingsley Moghalu

Founder and President, the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformations

Elizabeth Winger Shevock

Africa Team Leader, USAID  DCHA/OTI

Dr.  Jibrin Ibrahim

Senior Fellow, Center for Democracy and Development -West Africa; Member, Nigeria Senior Working Group


Ambassador Fatima Balla

Former Nigerian Diplomat, civil servant, and politician; Member, Nigeria Senior Working Group


Yau, Yunusa Zakari

Director, Center for Information Technology and Development, Kano, Nigeria


Dr. Pauline Baker

President Emeritus of the Fund for Peace and Senior Advisor, Creative Associates International


Prof. Attahiru Jega

Former Chairman, Nigeria, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Member, Nigeria Senior Working Group


Dr. Usman Bugaje

Representing the Sultan of Sokoto; founding Chairman of The Network for Justice and convener of the Arewa Research and Development Initiative; Member, Nigeria Senior Working Group

Thomas Hushek

Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State

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