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.


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  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

Statement Civilian Deaths in U.S.-Led Airstrikes Highlight Misguided Military-First Approach 

In response to one of the deadliest U.S.-led bombings of civilians in 25 years, the Friends Committee on National Legislation mourns the loss of life and expresses grave concern about U.S. complicity in the March 17 airstrike that killed scores of civilians in a neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq.

Update President Trump’s budget funds war not security 

Cutting diplomacy and development will damage global security and American leadership aboard. Now is actually the time to increase investments in the prevention of violent conflict, atrocities, and genocide.

Action Alert Tell Congress: Militarism Is Not Our Priority 

President Donald Trump today proposed a budget that would diminish government by cutting programs that serve people in every community while pouring tens of billions of dollars into the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

Action Alert We Can’t Achieve Peace by Funding War 

For the U.S. to achieve "peace, wherever peace can be found" as President Trump recommended in his address to Congress, we need to strengthen USAID and the State Department -- the agencies that promote peace, diplomacy, and international development.

FCNL in the News Theo Sitther Radio Interview - By Any Means Necessary 

Theo discusses State Department funding with radio host Eugene Puryear.

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