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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.

Arresting Atrocity 

In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama released a statement underscoring a commitment to prevent crimes against humanity. Soon after, he established the ambitiously named Atrocity Prevention Board, a group of U.S. officials ... [which] meets monthly to assess the risks of atrocities and to strategize on how to mitigate them.

Background The Illusion of Security 

Since 9/11, the U.S. has dramatically expanded its so-called security assistance programs, which provide training, support and weapons to armies and police forces around the world. Our country now provides military and police aid to more than 130 nations in an effort to combat violent extremism.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: Peacebuilding 

In the past decade we have made progress on infusing a peacebuilding approach into some parts of the U.S. government.

Background The Dangers of Security Assistance 

United States security cooperation, also known as security assistance or building partner capacity, is a large and growing tool in the Obama administration’s foreign policy toolbox.

Background Building a Pathway to Peace 

From the outside, an outbreak of violence can seem spontaneous. But even when a community seems relatively peaceful, the seeds of violence can be growing. Where there is poverty, oppression, corruption, or scarcity of resources, the potential for violence is there as well.

Update We Are A Generation of War: Part II 

It is time we create a society where war and violence are not the norm

FCNL in the News On Visit to Kenya, President Obama Should Push for Change 

President Obama is set to visit his father's homeland, which no doubt will be meaningful for Mr. Obama and for Kenyans who share a special connection to this US president with ancestral roots in Kenya.

Update Kenya: Lessons for U.S. Policy 

What are the consequences of a militarized counterterrorism policy? How can the U.S. help build peace? Kenya provides examples both of a failed military-first approach and the alternatives.

Background Peace Through Shared Security 

We believe the counterterrorism aid that the U.S. provides does more harm than good. But the underlying goal, to make the U.S. and the world more secure, is worth pursuing. What alternatives can we offer to advance this goal?

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