1. Action Alert
  2. Peacebuilding

Urge Congress to support the Global Fragility Act of 2019

By Ben Rowles, March 13, 2019


The world continues to experience a peak in violence not seen in at least twenty-five years and the U.S. government lacks the capacity to prevent violent conflict or build long-term peace.

Building on the passage of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act in the previous Congress, a strong bipartisan coalition in the House and the Senate just introduced the Global Fragility Act of 2019.

Tell Congress:

Support the Global Fragility Act of 2019

Act Now 

The bill requires the administration to develop a strategy for preventing conflict in fragile states, or countries with weak government capacity and populations vulnerable to violence. It also provides critical funds to reduce and prevent violence in priority countries. By establishing a new process to identify the causes of conflict and reallocating resources to address them, this act will help prevent violence more effectively and reduce its enormous cost on families and communities.

See how the Global Fragility Act will support local peacebuilders.

This timely legislation comes at a moment when violent conflict has forcibly displaced a record 68.5 million people and costs the world an estimated $14.76 trillion annually. There is an urgent need to improve the U.S. government’s ability to reverse these trends and prevent future conflict.

Please contact your legislators today and urge them to act to peacefully reduce and prevent violence.

Background Summary: Global Fragility Act 

(H.R.2116, S.727)

Representatives Eliot Engel (NY-16), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Adam Smith (WA-09), Ann Wagner (MO-02), Bill Keating (MA-09), and Francis Rooney (FL-19) and Senators Chris Coons (DE), Lindsey Graham (SC), Jeff Merkley (OR), Marco Rubio (FL), and Todd Young (IN) have introduced the Global Fragility Act (H.R.2116, S.727).

Ben Rowles

  • Program Assistant, Peacebuilding

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.