Peacebuilding

Preventing Violent Conflict

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Peacebuilding

Prevent War Before it Starts

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Our Work

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.


In this section

  1. Prevention and Protection

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  1. Action Alert A Dangerous Signal: Legislation to Defund the United Nations 

    Cutting funding to the United Nations sends a dangerous message.

  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

Legislative Ask Fund Diplomacy, Not War 

Preventing violent conflict saves lives, saves money, and protects national security. Diplomacy and international development are essential tools for conflict prevention.

Update After Aleppo and the Future of Atrocity Prevention 

Write to Congress to express your support for strengthening the U.S. Government prevention toolkit and urge them to provide leadership on this humanitarian and national security issue.

Action Alert A Dangerous Signal: Legislation to Defund the United Nations 

Cutting funding to the United Nations sends a dangerous message.

Update New Year’s Resolution for Congress 

The 115th Congress should resolve to make atrocities prevention a priority.

Update The Election and Our Work 

What do the results of the election mean for FCNL's work in the days, months, and year ahead?

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War is not the answer. The U.S. has over-invested in the military.

Middle East & Iran

Nonviolent engagement in the Middle East to can prevent, de-escalate, and resolve conflicts.