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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.

Update 5 Ways You Helped Make the World Safer in 2014 

The year 2014 marked a year of remarkable progress for U.S.-Iran diplomacy. Our world is already safer because of U.S.-Iran talks. As I reflect on a year of excitement and progress, I am keenly aware of the critical role the FCNL network has played in ensuring our elected officials stand on the right side of history.

Update The 'No Military Solution' is the Only Solution 

The United States must move towards non-military solutions to its foreign policy challenges.

Background Managing Natural Resources for Peace 

Central African Republic Crisis

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a resource-rich country, endowed with mineral wealth, vast expanses of timber, fertile lands and wildlife. CAR is also trapped in cycles of violent conflict and political crises that date back to the 1990s.

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