Symposium on the Future of Conflict Prevention: Session 3: Challenges Ahead with discussants Stewart Patrick, Nancy Soderberg, and Donald Steinberg, moderated by Paul Stares.
Stewart Patrick directs the Center for Global Development's project on Weak States and U.S. National Security and also focuses more broadly on the intersection between security and development. He joined CGD from the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff (September 2002 – January 2005), where he helped formulate U.S. policy on Afghanistan as well as a range of global and transnational challenges, including weak and failing states, humanitarian crises, post-conflict reconstruction, organized crime, global health and sustainable development. Dr. Patrick is a former International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and research associate at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, where he also taught U.S. foreign policy.
With over twenty years of experience in the formation of U.S. foreign policy, Ms. Soderberg has a deep understanding of policy-making and negotiations at the highest levels of government and the United Nations. She has promoted democracy and conflict resolution worldwide. Ms. Soderberg achieved international recognition for her efforts to promote peace in Northern Ireland and also advised the president on policies toward China, Japan, Russia, Angola, the Balkans, Haiti, as well as on a variety of conflicts in Africa.
From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Soderberg served as Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee, with the rank of Ambassador. Her responsibilities included representing the United States at the Security Council on a wide range of current national security issues, including conflict resolution, promotion of democracy abroad, trade policy, and arms control. She represented the United States in negotiations at the Security Council, participated in missions to key conflict areas, and promoted U.S. national security policy at the United Nations and with the leadership of other nations.
Paul B. Stares is vice president of USIP's Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention. He currently focuses on northeast Asian security issues, U.S. post-conflict stability operations, and counterterrorism policy. He has authored or edited nine books in addition to numerous book chapters, articles, and op-eds in leading U.S. and European newspapers. In 2006, Stares led the Iraq Study Group’s Strategic Environment Expert Working Group.
Prior to joining USIP in 2002, Stares was associate director and senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. From 1996 to 2000 he worked in Japan, first as a senior research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and then as director of studies at the Japan Center for International Exchange. At various times, Stares has been a senior fellow and research associate in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, as well as a NATO fellow, a scholar-in-residence at the MacArthur Foundation - Moscow Office, a Rockefeller International Relations Fellow, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
He has also held academic posts at the University of Sussex and the University of Lancaster in Great Britain, where he received his Ph.D.
Donald Steinberg serves as Vice-President for Multilateral Affairs and director of the New York office of the International Crisis Group. In this capacity, he is responsible for Crisis Group advocacy with the United Nations and its member states, and provides policy input on Crisis Group reports, with a focus on UN developments.