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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. Action Alert Support Youth Peacebuilders! 

    An estimated one in four young people around the world are affected by armed conflicts and violence. Yet all too often, their voices are ignored and their needs overlooked in national and regional peacebuilding efforts.

  2. Advocacy Resource War is Not the Answer 

    MLK’s Words Endure as an Anti-War Sign

    It was post-9/11, and Friends in Atlanta Friends Meeting wanted to publicly witness against war. Friends listened to their hearts’ stirrings during business meeting, and “War is Not the Answer” became the Meeting’s new yard sign.

  3. Background Understanding Landmines 

    On Jan. 31, the White House announced the Department of Defense’s new landmine policy, which lifts existing U.S. prohibitions against the use of landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula. The new policy will allow the Department of Defense to use, develop, produce, or otherwise acquire landmines anywhere in the world. Here’s what you need to know about landmines and this new policy.

  4. Preventing Mass Atrocities

    Assessment of the administration's report submitted in compliance with the Elie Wiesel Act

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Press Release Bipartisan Coalition Calls for an End to Iraq War Authorization 

Washington, DC – Today, on the 18th anniversary of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Force Against Iraq (AUMF) becoming law, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) sent a letter to Congress, signed by a broad, bipartisan coalition of advocacy groups, calling for the law’s repeal. The groups urged the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to preserve in the final version of the annual defense spending bill (the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2021) a House provision to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF.

Update Falling at the First Hurdle: The Global Fragility Strategy 

The Global Fragility Act (P.L. 116-94) is a decade-long effort to prevent violence and fragility globally. The first stage of the act—a whole-of-government 10-year strategy to prevent conflict and reduce instability—was due to Congress on Sept. 15, 2020. But the Trump administration has failed to clear the very first hurdle.

Press Release Quaker Lobby Supports Global Peacebuilders’ Call to Re-Commit to Peace 

Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) today joined more than 170 peacebuilding organizations in an urgent call to action for global peace. The statement notes crisis responses that increase violence, injustice, and exclusion often worsen development losses and increase human suffering. Therefore, a focus on peace and justice must be at the heart of a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statement The Time is Now: Re-Commit to Peace 

Sept. 21 marks the International Day of Peace and 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN charter. To mark the occasion, the Quaker United Nations Office led FCNL and more than 170 peacebuilding organizations from around the world in calling on the international community to recommit to the founding vision of the United Nations: international peace and friendly relations among nations.

Statement The Path Towards Positive Peace 

2020 International Day of Peace

As we confront systemic racism, climate change, an economic crisis, sharpening political divisions and the threat of a pandemic, I welcome the International Day of Peace as an opportunity to reflect and recommit to global cooperation and peace.

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