The one-hour lunchtime event, "From Failed to Fragile: Stabilization and Development in Somalia, Bangladesh, and Beyond," begins at 12:30 p.m. in The Puck Building.

NYU Wagner’s International Policy & Management Specialization Presents Specialists in Stabilization and Development From USAID, West Point – Tues., Feb. 4

The International Policy & Management Specialization at NYU Wagner will present specialists from USAID and the US Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday, February 4, 12:30–1:30 p.m., in a discussion of frameworks for enhancing stability, local governance and recovery in conflict areas such as Somalia and Bangladesh.

The conversation, moderated by NYU Wagner Professor John Gershman, is entitled "From Failed to Fragile: Stabilization and Development in Somalia, Bangladesh, and Beyond" and will take place at the Wagner school, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor (at the corner of Houston Street), New York, N.Y.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required: Visit

Speakers include:

Adam K. Kaloides, Crisis, Stabilization, Governance Advisor to the USAID Office of East African Affairs.

Since the formation of a new government in September of 2012, Somalia has made significant progress. USAID is working to increase stability and reduce the appeal of extremism in Somalia with efforts that are fostering good governance, raising confidence in government, promoting economic recovery and growth, improving health and education, offering skills and hope for youth, and building respect for diversity and inclusion. The talk will give an overview of programs in: Peace and Security, Promotion of Democracy and Good Governance, Improvement of Education, and Support for Economic Growth.

Major David Beskow, Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Engineering at United States Military Academy, West Point; Fellow, Network Science Center; Contributor, Center for Nation Reconstruction and Capacity"

Effective decision-making in stability operations requires the collection and integration of multiple sources of data as well as its visualization in ways that make it easily understood and actionable. Using the example of the Risk Framework developed by the US Pacific Command's Socio-Cultural Team, the presentation will look at how this Framework was developed and is used in Bangladesh, as well as the likely evolution of this Framework and similar data integration and visualization tools within the US military.

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