United States

The US is the largest spender on both foreign aid and defense, and its policies and actions shape peace and security around the world. It is important to propose evidence-based policy solutions that build peace and security. 

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Saferworld USA works with the US Government and Congress, civil society and the media to create a deeper understanding of the factors causing violent conflict. Through panel discussions, training sessions and roundtables, our experts and partners from around the world cite the evidence and experience gained in our programmes in Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. We also undertake programming and research to explore more effective directions for US policy on conflict and security issues, such as counterterrorism , aid effectiveness and support of civic space and social movements.

Saferworld USA is an affiliate of Saferworld Global, and the base for our US and UN advocacy work.

"To steer US policy in a new direction, they must be careful to avoid a narrow focus on battling ‘extremism’ at the expense of addressing the underlying human security and governance deficits that cause violence and state fragility."

Jason Calder, Saferworld USA Head of Office

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Jason S Calder, Director of Saferworld USA

Jason joined Saferworld in 2018 and is the Director of Saferworld USA. He directs Saferworld’s policy change and partnership-building activity in Washington DC and oversees its advocacy work at the United Nations. Jason has three decades of experience in peacebuilding, governance and development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He previously spent 15 years at The Carter Center, most recently as its Office Director and Country Representative in Guyana. He brings a range of expertise on multi-stakeholder dialogue, inclusive governance, social cohesion, community-driven peacebuilding, social movements and aid effectiveness.  
Twitter: @JasonCalder15 
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Jordan Street, Senior Policy and Advocacy Lead

Jordan joined Saferworld in 2017 and is the Senior Policy and Advocacy Lead at Saferworld USA. He covers peacebuilding, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism policy and is based in Washington DC. He has a Master's degree in International Relations and Global Issues from the University of Nottingham, and previously worked for a number of NGOs in Washington DC and New York. He leads Saferworld’s advocacy at the United Nations in New York. He has written extensively on the impact of counter-terrorism policy on peace, human rights and civic space, with recent work focused on the negative effects of counter-terrorism at the United Nations.

Twitter: @jordan_street07 


Ryan Brenner, Senior US Partnerships Manager

Ryan joined Saferworld USA in 2022 as Senior US Partnerships Manager. She is responsible for a comprehensive strategy to develop Saferworld’s programming partnerships with USAID, the State Department and the US philanthropic sector. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs from George Washington University, where she was actively engaged in advocacy for Sudan and South Sudan with STAND, the student-led movement to end mass atrocities. She has a business development background and previously worked for ME&A, Global Communities and IBI. 
Twitter: @RyansRadar 
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Tyler Pry, US Policy and Advocacy Associate

Tyler joined Saferworld USA in 2020. He develops and implements advocacy strategies to influence the US government’s response to conflict and insecurity in countries where Saferworld works. Focusing on Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen, he leads outreach to Congress and the State Department, encouraging greater engagement with civil society, and inclusivity in peace processes. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He previously worked to promote and protect human rights in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen at Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain.  
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