Ben Rowles

Ben Rowles served as FCNL's Program Assistant for peacebuilding in 2018-2019. In that capacity he supported FCNL’s lobbying efforts to change U.S. foreign policy from one that is overly militarized to one that prevents, mitigates, and transforms violent conflict. Ben also facilitated the work of the Prevention and Protection Working Group, a group of organizations dedicated to reducing violent crisis, preventing mass atrocities, and protecting civilians threatened by such crises.

Previously, Ben interned with the State Department in Washington, D.C., and at the American Embassy in Mongolia. He holds a B.A. in English from the Pennsylvania State University, where he served as president of the Human Rights Brigades chapter.

Articles by Ben Rowles

Background Invest in Conflict Prevention 

The world is considerably less peaceful today than a decade ago. Recurring wars around the world show we cannot wait until a crisis escalates to respond. Failing to address brewing conflicts early puts greater demand on the United States to pursue costly military interventions later on. Congress should take a proactive approach towards prevention by investing in U.S. capacity to prevent violence.

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 House Committee Moves to Prevent Violence 

The bipartisan Global Fragility Act (H.R. 2116) just passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Next, the full House and the Senate will take up this critical peacebuilding legislation.

Update Congress Says “Enough” to Atrocities 

The House and Senate have both passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158). Now it goes to the president’s desk to become law.

Action Alert Breaking: The Senate Voted to Make “Never Again” A Reality 

Fantastic news! The Senate passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S. 1158) with overwhelming bipartisan support!

Update Breaking: The House Just Voted to Reduce Violence 

Last night the House of Representatives took a crucial, bipartisan step to reduce violent conflict by passing the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act!

Update The Economic Cost of Violence 

In addition to causing immense human suffering, violent conflict has a substantial financial cost. It is in the economic interests of the United States to switch from a policy of military intervention to one of conflict prevention.