PEP on the Hill: "UN Peacekeeping & American Interests"

Event Date: 
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Dear PEP Partner,

The Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping invites you to join us on Tuesday, July 19th from 10:00-11:00am
in the Capitol Visitor (HVC-200)
for a congressional briefing on "UN Peacekeeping & U.S. Interests." 

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Congressional Briefing: UN Peacekeeping & U.S. Interests

Tuesday, July 19 from 10:00-11:00am 
Capitol Visitor Center, HVC-200

Across the globe, United Nations (UN) peacekeepers are working to maintain stability in volatile and strategic regions. In Sudan, UN peacekeepers ensured a safe and credible referendum, allowing nearly 4 million southern Sudanese to vote for their independence. The UN is deploying two new missions to the country, one to support the new Republic of South Sudan and another to stabilize the flashpoint of Abyei. In Cote d’Ivoire, more than 11,000 UN peacekeepers are working to preserve the transition to democracy. And in Haiti, UN peacekeepers are providing security and stability, while working to reconstruct the country after last January’s devastating earthquake.

Given the challenges ahead in Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, and Haiti along with 2011 presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia – all places with significant peacekeeping operations – we hope you will join us for a special briefing from key experts on the strategic benefits of UN peacekeeping for the United States, the importance of continued American leadership in strengthening international peacekeeping, and what lies ahead for these missions.

With remarks by:

Victoria K. Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Ms. Holt is responsible for overseeing offices that address UN political affairs and the Security Council, UN peace operations, peacebuilding, sanctions, and regional organizations. Prior to assuming this position in August 2009, Ms. Holt was a Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where she co-directed the Future of Peace Operations program. Previously, she worked for the Department of State’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs and as a senior Congressional staffer.

Col. John Agoglia (Ret.), Vice President for Government Services, IDS International. Mr. Agoglia currently leads and oversees the current programs and operations of IDS International. Prior to joining IDS, he served as a career officer in the U.S. Army. His recent experience has focused on counterinsurgency, stability operations, and civil-military relations. From 2008-2010, he served as director of the Counterinsurgency Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to that, he directed the U.S. Army’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) at the U.S. Army War College. His previous assignments include serving on the planning group for Operation Iraqi Freedom and CENTCOM’s planning team for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Mark Quarterman, Senior Adviser and Director, Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). As director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation (C3), Mr. Quarterman focuses on effective multilateral responses to global issues. Prior to joining CSIS, Mr. Quarterman served at the United Nations for nearly 12 years. Previously, he worked for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Ford Foundation, and Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Moderated by:

Peter Yeo, Vice President for Public Policy, UN Foundation and Executive Director of the Better World Campaign. Mr. Yeo joined the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign in February 2009 with over twenty years of legislative, analytical, and management experience, including senior roles on Capitol Hill and in the Department of State. He served for ten years as the Deputy Staff Director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee chaired by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA).

This briefing is hosted by the Partnership for Effective Peacekeeping, a non-partisan working group led by Refugees International, Citizens for Global Solutions, and the Better World Campaign. Visit our website at


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