Peacebuilding

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

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  1. Update Elie Wiesel Act Signed into Law! 

    The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act is now law of the land.

  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 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.

  4. A Necessary Good

    U.S. Leadership on Preventing Mass Atrocities

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More on Peacebuilding

Update Senate Committee Acts to Reduce Violence 

The Global Fragility Act (S.727) just passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (18-4) with strong, bipartisan support! Now it heads to the Senate floor for a vote.

Letter FCNL Joins Coalition Opposing Pentagon Spending Levels 

On June 24, a broad and bi-partisan coalition sent a letter to the Senate calling on them to oppose a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 that provides $750 billion for Pentagon spending.

Update FCNL’s Vote Recommendations on FY 2020 Funding Measure 

(Updated June 19, 2019)

This week the U.S. House of Representatives is moving a $1 trillion spending package to fund key federal departments and agencies. In the process of debating and voting on the measure, Members of Congress will be considering multiple amendments.

Background Peacebuilding Funding 

Investing in conflict prevention saves lives and taxpayer dollars.

FCNL lobbies Congress to fund peacebuilding accounts such as the Complex Crises Fund, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and international peacekeeping operations. These programs are essential for preventing the outbreak of conflict, responding to instability and violence, and protecting civilian lives.

Update The Good News You Didn’t Hear About 

Lost in the media frenzy over budget negotiations, congressional investigations and military operations was a bill that contained several pieces of good news.

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