Monday, December 1, 2014

USAID's Nancy Lindborg Named as President of USIP

The US Institute of Peace (USIP) recently announced that Nancy Lindborg will become the new president of the think tank.  She will officially start on February 2, 2015.  In the meantime, Ambassador Bill Taylor will continue to serve as Acting President.  He previously served as Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions in the State Department, and was US Ambassador to Ukraine.

Lindborg, the current Assistant Administrator of the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, will replace former congressman Jim Marshall, who left the think tank in January.  Since then, Kristin Lord had been serving as acting president for much of the time, but she left on October 3, 2014 to head the NGO IREX.

Here is more about USIP:
Created by an act of Congress in 1984, the U.S. Institute of Peace is a Congressionally-funded, independent, nonpartisan institution whose mission is to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflicts around the world. USIP fulfills this mission by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace. The Institute’s staff of nearly 350 work in Washington and in some of the world’s most volatile regions, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Sudan and South Sudan.

A biography of Lindborg can be found here.