This team designs the Institute’s efforts to prevent the outbreak of violent conflict, conducting relevant analysis of countries and regions at risk, developing tools for effective prevention, and supporting training and education efforts.
The Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention designs and manages the Institute's efforts to prevent the outbreak of violent conflict. The Center also conducts timely, policy-relevant analysis of countries and regions where the threat to peace and stability is particularly acute. In addition, the Center conducts research, identifies best practices, develops new tools for anticipating, analyzing, and preventing violent conflict, and supports related training and education efforts.
The Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention conducts work in the following zones of conflict:
- Iran - After more than three decades, U.S.-Iran relations continue to be governed by mistrust and hostility. USIP is working on multiple tracks to encourage dialogue and peaceful negotiations in this volatile situation.
- Pakistan - The Institute conducts a number of analytical and on-the-ground projects. Projects in Pakistan fall into three interrelated areas: Improving mutual understanding between the U.S. and Pakistan; strengthening capacity to mitigate conflict; promoting peacebuilding through education and civil society initiatives.
- Korean Peninsula- USIP conducts ongoing research and policy analysis on major developments on the Korean Peninsula through three Track 1.5 projects. Based on key findings from ongoing research interviews with Asian government think tank counterparts, KWG director Dr. John Park conducts regular briefings for senior Congressional staffers and officials at the State Department and the Pentagon.
- Lebanon - Through our Lebanon Working Group, the Institute is bringing together civil society, the U.S. government, and members of the international community in order to explore ways to prevent further civil strife in Lebanon, as well as develop strategies to prevent cross-border conflict.
- Kenya - USIP continues to support efforts to promote dialogue and reconciliation in Kenya following the electoral violence.
- Zimbabwe - The Institute's efforts in Zimbabwe support the work of regional organizations, civil society groups, and the media.
USIP Prevention Newsletter
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The bimonthly Prevention Newsletter provides highlights of the USIP's conceptual work on prevention, its region specific work aimed at helping to prevent conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, South and Northeast Asia, and the special projects on genocide prevention and non-proliferation. It also provides Over the Horizon thinking on trends in different regions, as well as upcoming events, working group meetings and publications.
Preventing Violent Conflict
September 2009 | Special Report
USIP's Lawrence Woocher examines the current status of conflict prevention as an international norm and the level of political commitment by world powers. Woocher finds it is not enough to merely prevent a relapse of war; the international community must make a greater effort to respond to warning signs as a way to preempt the eruption of deadly violence. The report recommends ways to advance the conflict prevention agenda amid various international challenges.
Managing Political Transitions in Africa
Political transitions – ranging from elections to peace agreements after civil war – have often served as triggers of violence. A significant body of research shows that approximately half of all peace agreements unravel after five years, at times plunging a country into more intense violence than before. Managing the conflict that accompanies political transitions is a critical factor in building strong governing institutions and creating the mechanisms for durable peace.