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


  1. Background Support the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act 

    S.1158, H.R.3030

    Preventing genocide and mass atrocities advances U.S. national security interests, saves taxpayer dollars, and saves lives. As Syria demonstrates, the outbreak of atrocities leads to significant consequences, feeding into the possibility for repeated cycles of violence. The outbreak of such violence also undermines American leadership, values, and economic interests.

  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

Background Peacebuilding: People Over Politics 

Members of Congress are insisting that the U.S. needs to increase its investment in forward-looking efforts to prevent future violence.

FCNL has led efforts to resist the worst cuts to peacebuilding programs. We have also worked to stay focused—not chasing every headline, crisis, or tweet —so that we can be engaged when our action matters most.

Update Rep. Wagner Makes Floor Speech Advocating for Elie Wiesel Act 

Representative Wagner, who introduced the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R. 3030) in the House of Representatives with Representative Crowley, made a floor speech advocating for the Elie Wiesel Act and for better preventing genocide and mass atrocities.

Background Webinar: Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act 

This informational webinar on the Elie Wiesel Act includes background information, an overview of the bill's provisions, an outline of some of the outreach and education strategy, and action opportunities.

Update Bipartisan Bill on Genocide Prevention Introduced in the House 

In a demonstration of strong bipartisan leadership, Representatives Ann Wagner (R-MO), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and their colleagues introduced the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R.3030) in the House of Representatives on June 22.

Letter 21 Organizations Urge Congress to Fully Fund the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission 

Twenty-one organizations write to Congress in strong support of the request made by the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for $230,000 in the FY 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act to fund bipartisan staffing of the Commission.

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