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Update Peacebuilding in Central African Republic 

The Central African Republic had not been a priority for U.S. foreign policy. As violence increased in late 2013, however, faith leaders and U.S. groups such as FCNL became concerned. The conflict in CAR has put to the test U.S. policies and structures to help prevent violent conflict, which FCNL has been instrumental in helping to institutionalize and fund.

Washington Newsletter Washington Newsletter: 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.

Statement Joint Quaker Statement on Burundi: Standing for Peace and Reconciliation 

The Friends Committee on National Legislation has been working for constructive U.S. policy in order to respond to grievances and prevent future violence in Burundi. Elections scheduled for this summer have proven to be flashpoint for violent conflict.

Background The Failures of Security Assistance 

U.S. security assistance, as it is currently conceived, does not work and is doing more harm than good. But often when confronted with the terrible reality of violent extremism, the desire of our political leaders to do “something” means that security assistance is the tool they reach for.

Update Remembering Past Atrocities to Prevent Future Violence 

Every April thousands of people across the country participate in Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Throughout the month, events are held to honor victims of past atrocities, educate the public about current atrocities, and advocate for the prevention of future atrocities.

Background ISIS: There Are Nonmilitary Options  

Military action against ISIS militants will not help build a world free of war and the threat of war. Yet that is the direction that President Trump is going.

Statement FCNL Statement on Nigeria's Delayed Elections and U.S. Response 

FCNL urges Congress and President Obama to act in support of peaceful, transparent, and fair elections in Nigeria.

Background The Link Between Climate and Conflict 

The Pentagon is preparing for a world remade by climate change. The agency’s “2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap” clearly lays out the connection between climate and national security. It argues that climate change adds to the burdens of already fragile and weak states, creating an environment ripe for political dissent and instability.

Update The Failure of Security Assistance – From Latin America to North Africa 

Our government must stop providing foreign security forces with millions of dollars of training and weapons with little oversight, accountability, or success metrics.

Update 5 Opportunities for Peace in 2015 

Last year was rife with deadly conflict. Rebellions, violent extremism, and state violence killed many and displaced more. However, there are numerous opportunities for peace in 2015. The Obama administration has shown it is willing to pursue diplomacy in some cases and peace-builders are proving that there are alternatives to war. Below are five examples where civil society and governments are working for a more secure and peaceful future.

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