Training in the Field

Usually working through and with partner institutions, the Academy trains government and military personnel, civil society leaders, and the staff of nongovernmental and international organizations in conflict management—including mediation and negotiation skills—in conflict zones around the world. Participation is generally by invitation.

 

“We thought Americans were only interested in war. Now we know you are also interested in peace.”—Haroon Shinware, Pakistani poet and writer
 
Usually working through and with partner institutions, the Academy trains government and military personnel, civil society leaders, and the staff of nongovernmental and international organizations in conflict management—including mediation and negotiation skills—in conflict zones around the world. Participation is generally by invitation.
 
"The work you do with ACOTA is truly invaluable. I will encourage my Francophone partners to request this training for all their deploying units."—Chuck Vuckovic, Bureau of African Affairs, State Department
 
The goal of these programs is, first, to help practitioners, including local citizens working in zones of conflict and international third parties, to improve the skills required to manage conflict in all its phases, and second, to promote peace by working through educational systems in fragile states and societies emerging from conflict.
 
These programs include “train-the-trainers” workshops, training for parliamentarians and capacity building workshops for women leaders, workshops on electoral violence prevention, and workshops on reconciliation. The Academy also conducts capacity building and skills training for a variety of international regional organizations. Other activities include building a network of peace facilitators, and developing an undergraduate peace studies program.

 


In the Field

The Academy conducts its workshops and trainings in areas emerging from conflict, areas where peace and stability are threatened, and areas of active fighting.

Explore the Academy's work in zones of conflict around the world: 

  • In Aghanistan, the Academy is conducting a series of "train-the-trainers" workshops in partnership with the Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan (WADAN) and is working with Kabul University on a variety of education issues.
  • Our work in Iraq centers on the Network of Iraqi Facilitators, stengthening the education sector, and the SENSE program.
  • The Academy is building a network of peace facilitators in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. Furthermore, we are providing training to Pakistani parliamentarians and have conducted a series of capacity building workshops for women leaders. 
  • In the Two Sudans, the Academy has conducted workshops on electoral violence prevention and has worked with education policymakers on the development of an undergraduate peace studies program.
  • In Haiti, USIP has provided conflict resolution training to Haitian activists in NDI’s civil society network through three workshops, including a three-day session in July 2011.
  • We have partnered with Colombian think tank Fundacion Ideas Para La Paz to present training workshops on Gender and Reintegration, Reconciliation, and Reparations in Colombia.

The Academy also conducts capacity building and skills training for a variety of international regional organizations, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the State Department's African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program, and the Center of Excellence for Police Stability Units (CoESPU).

 

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