Senior State Department Official to Speak on Peacebuilding in U.S. Foreign Policy

How can U.S. foreign policy promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts? Ambassador Rick Barton, Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations, will address this question at the University of San Diego at 7 p.m. on March 14, 2013.

Assistant Secretary Barton and the new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations work to improve U.S. and international responses to conflict in more than 30 of the world’s most unstable places, with priority focus on Syria, Burma, Kenya and Honduras. Over the course of his career, Assistant Secretary Barton has led independent reviews on reconstruction in Iraq; developed civilian strategies for Iraq, Sudan and Sri Lanka; created new measurements of progress in Afghanistan and Iraq; and initiated path-breaking approaches to reduction of conflict in Pakistan and Nigeria.

Assistant Secretary Barton will deliver the keynote address at a special event of USD’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. The school is holding the West Coast launch of a new study entitled "Peacebuilding 2.0: Mapping the Boundaries of an Expanding Field." The study was funded by the U.S. Institute of Peace and implemented by the Alliance for Peacebuilding in partnership with the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

This event is free and open to the public.

The event is supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s)/speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Institute of Peace.

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WHO: Ambassador Rick Barton
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations

WHAT: Assistant Secretary Barton will present a lecture entitled “Bolstering Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in U.S. Foreign Policy,” followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer period.

WHERE: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7 p.m.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Jeryldine Saville
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