The Week at CSIS: The Speeches, Discussions, and Events from July 10- July 14

CSIS hosts over 2,000 events a year, from major public speeches to small briefings. Join us here for an inside look at the events of the week.

7.12: The U.S. Global Food Security Strategy: Progress, Setbacks, and Forward Momentum

The historic passage of the U.S. Global Food Security Act in July 2016 demonstrated U.S. leadership and bipartisan support in Congress to address global hunger, poverty, and malnutrition. The act required the Feed the Future interagency group, comprised of eleven U.S. agencies, to submit the first ever U.S. Global Food Security Strategy to Congress last fall. This event included updates from senior leadership on this strategy and a discussion of contributions from Congress, the Trump Administration, and U.S. government agencies.

From left to right: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA); Kimberly Flowers, CSIS; Robert Bertram, USAID; Lona Stoll, Millennium Challenge Corporation; Bruce Cameron, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

The panelists discussed the progress that has been made since the legislation became law, and considered how best to sustain momentum and keep policymakers engaged. Other topics considered included the prospects for re-authorization next year, and the expected priorities and programming of the new Feed the Future portfolio.

Fmr. Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

7.12: Kenya Elections Preview

From left to right: Dr. Godfrey Musila, Africa Center for Strategic Studies; Amb. William Mark Bellamy, CSIS; James Smart, National Endowment for Democracy

CSIS hosted a discussion on Kenya’s upcoming national elections, scheduled for August 8th. Although Kenya is considered a positive example of democracy in Africa, elections have not always been peaceful, credible, or free. Primary elections earlier this year deteriorated into chaos and violence in some counties, and the specter of the 2007–08 post-election violence still looms. Perennial challenger Raila Odinga has warned of the potential for electoral fraud and appears to have popular support for his claim, heightening tensions in the run-up to the vote. Panelists discussed how domestic and international players can help to restore public confidence in the electoral process and assure safety at the polls.

From left to right: Amb. William Mark Bellamy, CSIS; Lauren Ploch Blanchard, Congressional Research Service

You can read Ambassador Bellamy’s CSIS commentary on the elections, “Kenya’s Young Democracy Put to the Test.”

7.12: U.S.-India Innovation in Financial Inclusion

India’s government has made financial inclusion a key part of its efforts to lift hundreds of millions of citizens out of poverty. In an effort to bring India’s poor into the banking system, it has opened hundreds of millions of no-fee bank accounts and is beginning to use direct balance transfers to provide Indians funds from India’s massive subsidy regime. But important obstacles remain: India still needs to build the banking, telecommunications, and policy infrastructure necessary to ensure the whole nation has access to financial services.

CSIS hosted this event to discuss how innovation in financial products, services, and technologies can overcome these obstacles and transform the Indian banking center.

From left to right: Preeti Sinha, Yes Global Institute; Ashwini Kumar Tewari, State Bank of India; Lauren Hendricks, Grameen Foundation; Richard M. Rossow, CSIS

This event was part of the U.S.-India Innovation Forum. In 2015, the CSIS Wadhwani Chair was asked to lead the U.S.-India Innovation Forum, a work stream of the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. Under this program, CSIS is organizing a series of sector-focused conversations on how U.S.-India innovative partnerships are creating new models to tackle development challenges, and offer policy recommendations to both governments.

7.13: Cross-Strait Relations Re-examined: Toward a New Normal?

The Freeman Chair in China Studies and China Power Project of CSIS along with The Institute of International Relations of National Chengchi University co-hosted this event on the United States role in cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan. The experts analyzed key opportunities and challenges in cross-Strait relations amidst shifting domestic, regional, and global conditions.

From left to right: David Wei-Feng Huang, Academia Sinica; Ming-Hsien Wong, Tamkang University

7.13: Strengthening Partnerships for Health Innovation in India

CSIS hosted a panel discussion on ways to strengthen and expand health partnerships between the United States and India.

Health engagement between the United States and India is dynamic and diverse, including a small but important government-to-government relationship and a host of interactions between non-governmental organizations, philanthropic foundations, academic institutions, diaspora networks, and the private sector. Speakers representing some of these constituencies discussed how they direct health activities and maximize their impact in a country of 1.3 billion people with complex health needs.

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