AfP Executive Team Update

The Alliance for Peacebuilding Executive Team has been busy at work moderating, attending, and speaking at panel discussions and events these past few months. Below, we have highlighted events and discussions they have been involved in and how they’re making strides toward peace at home and abroad.

On April 23rd, AfP President and CEO Uzra Zeya moderated the panel discussion on Reimagining Peace Processes: Applying Best Practices in Afghanistan with the Conflict Prevention and Reduction Forum (CPRF). CPRF partners with Search for Common Ground, George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program, John Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and the United States Institute of Peace to provide a platform for highlighting innovative and constructive methods of conflict resolution. Panelists for this discussion included:

  • Bahman Shahi– Afghan Fulbright Scholar at Eastern Mennonite University and youth civil society activist
  • Nilofar Sakhi– Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University and former Executive Director at the American University of Afghanistan
  • Johnny Walsh– Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace.


On April 10th, Uzra Zeya joined the Wilton Park Session on Youth, Peace and Security and CVE. The dialogue aimed to broaden the policy discussion about youth – how they are regarded, and how to address the opportunities that youth populations present more effectively – with influential individuals and organizations working in the fields of peace and security.

“Young women on the front-lines are critical to drawing young people away from violent extremism…We also need to look in the mirror about youth involvement & diversity in leadership in our own field.”

-Uzra Zeya

On April 11, AfP Vice President Liz Hume joined distinguished speakers at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for the Lessons from the Ground: Framing and Interpreting Human Rights in the Balkans Conference. Hume participated in the panel, The Affect and Effect of Activism: Transformation in the Field with other activists, practitioners, and scholars from the field. Find more details about the event here.


On April 5th, Uzra Zeya attended the Brookings Institution forum on Redefining U.S. National Security: Interlinkages with American Society and Foreign Policy alongside Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) and the Brookings Foreign Policy Program. The forum took a particular focus on the implications of the current complex political environment in which domestic and foreign policy decisions influence each other. Zeya was featured in Panel II: US Voting and New National Security Issues and sat down with the panel to discuss the need for preventative approaches to conflict and peacebuilding in U.S. policy. Watch Zeya’s full panel here.



On March 28th, Uzra Zeya joined a session on women in peacemaking at the Georgetown Women’s Forum. Her remarks focused on the evidence case for women’s inclusion producing more sustainable peace agreements and her personal experiences as a diplomatic negotiator. The session also featured:

  • Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
  • Reem Al Ansary, Director of Research and Studies at the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center
  • Professor Rachel Milner Gilles, Director of the Georgetown Baker Negotiation Network at Georgetown Law


On March 21st, AfP joined panelists from Peace is Loud and AfP member organizations Women in International Security, Aware Girls, and Peace Direct for Diversity and Gender Matters: Doing More to Empower Women in the Peacebuilding Field. This event took place at George Washington’s Elliott School for International Affairs.


On March 15th, Uzra stopped by the Diverse Diplomacy Series: What is it really like in the Foreign Service? to share her insights and experience with diversity and inclusion at the State Department, giving advice to candidates entering into a career path in foreign policy.




On February 6th, Uzra Zeya joined the Future of Diplomacy Symposium at Georgetown University featuring a Keynote Conversation with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Zeya joined a panel on The Essential Diplomat to discuss the essential role foreign service and career diplomats play in service to state and country alongside:

  • Barbara Bodine – Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen (’97-’01); Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University.
  • John Negroponte– U.S. Deputy Secretary of State (’07-’09); U.S. Ambassador to Honduras (’81-’85), Mexico (’89-’93), the United Nations (’01-’04), and Iraq (’04-’05).
  • Linda Thomas-Greenfield – U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (’13-’17); U.S. Ambassador to Liberia (’08-’12).
  • Bernadette Meehan – Special Assistant to the President and NSC Spokesperson (’12-’16); Special Assistant to the Secretary of State (’10-’12) (Moderator).