About the Academy

The Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding is the education and training leader of the United States Institute of Peace.

Established in 2009, the Academy provides practitioner-oriented education, training, and resources via facilities at USIP's Washington headquarters, mobile training in conflict zones abroad (for example, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iraq), and online distance education and training.

USIP Academy courses, designed for practitioners in governments, international organizations, non-profit organizations, and the private sector, build and strengthen the skills required for managing conflict in all its phases, from preventing conflict to post-conflict peacebuilding.

The Academy—

  • equips U.S. and international civilian, military, and nongovernmental practitioners with the skills for effective peacebuilding
  • provides decision-makers with the understanding and tools for crafting sound policies for conflict management and peacebuilding
  • gives government officials and civil society leaders in zones of conflict the skills, tools, and practice to build peace
  • strengthens the capacity of educational institutions and civil society organizations to prepare future conflict managers and peacebuilders

These activities are part of a dynamic Think, Act, Teach, Train cycle that completes the knowledge loop, enabling us to continually update and refresh our programs.

USIP offers self-paced and instructor-led professional certificate courses through its new distance learning platform, the Academy Online. These courses combine the latest in media and technology to equip practitioners around the world with applied, skills-based training in conflict management and peacebuilding.