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

Update Congress can take action to prevent violent conflict 

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (H.R. 3030, S. 1158) will bolster efforts to prevent mass atrocities and genocide.

International Day of Peace Statement by Peacebuilding Groups  

For this year's International Day of Peace, 21 September, 131 peacebuilding organizations wrote a statement laying out steps to consolidate and broaden gains of peace around the world. Writing to the international community and the UN General Assembly, this statement asks them to fully commit to peace in the 2030 Agenda. This is a critical time to push for peace and inclusion and to focus on supporting local and regional methods of sustaining peace.

Letter Kenyan Quakers Appeal for Restraint 

Leaders of every Kenyan Quaker Yearly Meeting gathered to discuss the future of the Quaker movement in their country. During this retreat, they drafted a letter speaking to their concern about unity and peace in the lead up to the presidential election on the 17th of October.

Letter 125 Faith Leaders Oppose Increased Military Engagement with Burma 

A Letter from 125 Faith Leaders, Urging Senators to Oppose Increased Embrace of Burmese Military by Co-Sponsoring SA 607 to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018

Update Push to Protect Prevention Funding and Tools 

Significant Challenges Shaping September

The month of September will be an important one as we work to address proposed cuts to critical conflict prevention funding and tools. These challenges come at a time when the world is facing increasing levels of violence, and experiencing unprecedented levels of global hunger and displacement as a result of conflict. Here's what we are following:

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