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. 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

Press Release Civil Society Welcomes Bipartisan Legislation to Tackle Global Violence 

Thirty five Alliance for Peacebuilding members and partners welcome H.R. 5273, the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018, introduced by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA) in the United States House of Representatives.

Statement Congress Needs to Ask Hard Questions About U.S. Foreign Policy 

Ouster of Secretary of State Tillerson, appointments of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel cause for concern

The president’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson managed to add insult to the year of injury that has been visited on the State Department and U.S. foreign policy.

Update Preventing Genocide: Difficult, but Imperative 

Report Back from a Mass Atrocity Simulation

The difficulty of preventing mass atrocities and genocide took on new meaning for me when I was part of a simulation at Vanderbilt University on the hypothetical risks of mass atrocities in Zimbabwe.

Update A Business Plan for Peace 

Investing in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Friends Committee on National Legislation and Peace Direct co-hosted an event, A Business Plan for Peace: Investing in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in the Quaker Welcome Center, bringing together both peacebuilders and policymakers in a conversation highlighting the importance of locally led peacebuilding initiatives and advocating for more peaceful U.S. foreign policies.

Update Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission's Hearing on Mass Atrocities Prevention 

The bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chaired by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) held a hearing on U.S. policies to prevent mass atrocities.

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