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Preventing Violent Conflict

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We are changing U.S. foreign policy from one that is overly militarized to one that prevents, mitigates, and transforms violent conflict. We focus on peacefully preventing and ending violent conflict and reforming U.S. counterterrorism policy. By building support in Congress and the administration, we are increasing civilian capacities through the State Department and USAID to address violent conflict and extremism.


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  1. Prevention and Protection

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  1. Update Elie Wiesel Act Signed into Law! 

    The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act is now law of the land.

  2. Background An Infrastructure for Peace 

    To build peace, the U.S. needs to lead with responses that prevent, reduce, transform and help people recover from violence in all forms. Since 2001, FCNL has worked to move U.S. foreign policy in this direction. We have made progress: the U.S. now has some infrastructure in place to prevent violence and build peace. The rhetoric of peacebuilding is starting to penetrate.

  3. Background Invest in Smart Security 

    Investing in peacebuilding is investing in smart security. Peacebuilding produces a substantial positive effect on the wider economy. One dollar spent on peacebuilding translates to two dollars of economic activity. Plus, preventing war in the first place is still 60 times cheaper than fighting it.

  4. Background Understanding Genocide & Mass Atrocities Prevention 

    Following the Holocaust, the United States and international community vowed to “never again” stand idly by in the face of genocide.

  5. A Necessary Good

    U.S. Leadership on Preventing Mass Atrocities

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More on Peacebuilding

Action Alert Urge Congress to support the Global Fragility Act of 2019 

The world continues to experience a peak in violence not seen in at least twenty-five years and the U.S. government lacks the capacity to prevent violent conflict or build long-term peace.

Background Summary: Global Fragility Act 

(H.R.1580, S.727)

Representatives Eliot Engel (NY-16), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Adam Smith (WA-09), Ann Wagner (MO-02), Bill Keating (MA-09), and Francis Rooney (FL-19) and Senators Chris Coons (DE), Lindsey Graham (SC), Jeff Merkley (OR), Marco Rubio (FL), and Todd Young (IN) have introduced the Global Fragility Act (H.R.1580, S.727).

Update New Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Violent Conflict 

A strong bipartisan coalition in Congress just introduced the Global Fragility Act (H.R. 1580, S.727). The bill, if enacted, would require the Secretary of State to launch a government-wide initiative to “stabilize conflict-affected areas and prevent violence and fragility globally.”

Update Congress Restores Funds for Peacebuilding 

Just like last year, President Donald Trump slashed funding for key peacebuilding accounts in his budget request. And just like last year, Congress rejected his cuts.

Update Our Takeaways from the 2019 State of the Union 

Which Donald Trump appeared on the floor of the House of Representatives on Feb. 5? Was it the belligerent president who threatened “fire and fury” against North Korea? Or the anti-interventionist president who called the Iraq war a “big, fat mistake”?

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