Issue Areas

Rapid changes in the global security environment demand renewed attention to practical questions about how to design and implement effective prevention strategies. USIP is at the frontlines of conflict prevention through its groundbreaking work and training on conflict analysis, electoral violence prevention, early warning systems, and preventing genocide and mass atrocities.

Education is a critical way to help prevent violent conflict from becoming deadly. Through the Global Peacebuilding Center (GPC), the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding and other venues, USIP provides a variety of educational resources to people around the world.

USIP is at the center of coordinating U.S. government, military, civil society, and conflict analysis to develop a more inclusive approach to security and peacebuilding. The Institute focuses on building capacity among international women leaders in conflict settings, preventing sexual violence and rape as a weapon of war, and developing teaching and training materials to engage practitioners and policymakers on related issues.

Learn more about USIP's Center for Gender and Peacebuilding.

Seizing the airwaves, broadcasting divisive messages, blocking Internet access and intimidating journalists are just some of the well-known tactics used to ensure control over information and promote violence. Less well developed is the capacity of the media for building peace. Learn about USIP’s efforts to better harness the power of media for peacebuilding.

Mediation and facilitation are two broad categories of tools used in conflict management, resolution and prevention. For example, a neutral third party can mediate between warring factions and help facilitate meaningful and productive conversations to manage, resolve or prevent conflict from becoming violent.

Countries that are emerging out of conflict face multiple challenges – ranging from transitional justice issues, building civil society, writing new constitutions, creating new rule of law systems and security forces as well as rebuilding the domestic economy.

Religion is an important component in many conflict zones and a powerful tool for preventing violence. USIP has been a pioneer in religion and peacemaking, seeking new ways to combat violent extremism across all beliefs.

Learn more about USIP's Religion and Peacemaking center.

Fostering the development of the rule of law is central to conflict management. USIP’s engagement is vital to strengthen the rule of law and provide people access to justice in the newly transitional countries of North Africa and the Middle East.

Learn more about USIP's Rule of Law center

The unprecedented pace of scientific and technical innovation has provided conflict managers with a range of new tools and opportunities, from the social networks that coordinated activists during the Arab Spring to the crowd-sourcing technologies that helped prevent election violence in Kenya. USIP focuses on harnessing these technologies to prevent conflict.

USIP helps to build professional, sustainable, and locally supported security institutions that promote democracy and the rule of law by assisting U.S. and foreign governments in reforming security sector institutions and developing a cadre of experts through education and training.

Sound economics are fundamental to enhancing human security and reducing conflict. USIP develops and promotes evidence-based tools to optimize the use and impact of economic instruments in fragile environments across the conflict spectrum. The Institute integrates economic dimensions in strategies to manage and prevent conflict.

Capacity building, as well as sharing lessons learned and expertise help improve our nation’s ability to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts – and thereby reduce the risks for violent conflict around the world. Training exercises include negotiation, mediation, facilitation and communication, among other peacebuilding skills