Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention

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.

Featured Initiatives:  Arab Awakening | Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States | Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel | United States-United Nations Forum

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.

Articles & Analysis

November 20, 2012

Dorina A. Bekoe, author of “Voting in Fear: Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa” and former USIP senior program officer, discusses her book’s new findings on elections and conflict in Africa and which countries are at risk for violence in the months ahead.

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In Voting in Fear, nine contributors offer pioneering work on the scope and nature of electoral violence in Africa; investigate the forms electoral violence takes; and analyze the factors that...
USIP Staff
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