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Protecting American Interests in Fragile States
A Syrian rebel fighter checks his phone next to a tank in a rebel training camp near the Bab al-Hawa crossing between Iblib province and Turkey. (Getty Images)
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Protecting American Interests in Fragile States

Hudson Institute will host an event to discuss a new report prepared by the Department of State’s Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance. A keynote address will be delivered by the Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources James Richardson. He will present the findings of the report and his vision for how to align and optimize U.S. foreign assistance in fragile and conflict-affected states to achieve better outcomes and advance American interests. His remarks will be followed by a discussion of the report’s findings by government officials and think tank experts.

In a response to a shifting strategic landscape marked by growing political, economic, and military competition, the United States must reevaluate how it engages with fragile and conflict-affected areas and protects American interests abroad. Weak and poorly governed states continue to give rise to challenges—conflict, terrorism, humanitarian crises, pandemics—that spill across borders, demand attention, and ultimately consume U.S. resources. At the same time, U.S. competitors and adversaries increasingly seek to exploit these fragile and conflict-affected environments to subvert political institutions and gain geo-strategic advantages.

NOTE: This event is open to the press. All members of the media should RSVP to [email protected]


James Richardson

Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, U.S. State Department

Raphael Carland

Managing Director for Policy, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resource, U.S. State Department

Jessica Trisko Darden

Visiting Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Rob Jenkins

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Rachel Kleinfeld

Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Blaise Misztal Moderator

Fellow, Hudson Institute

Ken Weinstein

President and CEO, Hudson Institute

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