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

A Major Step toward the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict 

A key Congressional Committee just took the first major step in years to insist the U.S. government needs to invest more in preventing violence and war and put money, staff time and interagency resources into addressing the root causes of insecurity and violent conflict.

Press Release FCNL Applauds Committee Passage of Genocide, Atrocities Prevention Act 

Washington, DC (May 17, 2018) – The Quaker lobby, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded the approval today of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 (H.R. 3030) by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Press Release 34 Groups Oppose Trump Administration’s Rescission of the Complex Crises Fund 

FCNL along with other faith, humanitarian, human rights, and peacebuilding organizations call on Congress to reject the Trump administration's proposed rescission of the Complex Crises Fund.

Letter 34 Organizations Oppose Rescission of Complex Crises Fund 

More than 30 non-governmental organizations issued a letter today urging all Senators and Representative to oppose the rescission of $30 million from the Complex Crises Fund.

Update An Ecumenical Delegation for Peace from South Sudan 

On April 24, FCNL along with Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hosted a dinner with church leaders in the U.S. and an ecumenical delegation from the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC). The dinner provided an opportunity to discuss how people in the United States can support local efforts to build peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.

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