Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations

Peace doesn't automatically return when the guns stop firing or an agreement is signed. This team works to advise newly-forming governments and institutions, promote and maintain community reconciliation, and help different groups on the ground to coordinate their efforts to maintain security and provide services.
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The Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations designs and manages the Institute's efforts in areas emerging from conflict. The Center also conducts research, identifies best practices, develops new tools for post-conflict peace and stability operations, and supports related training and education efforts.

The Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations conducts work in the following zones of conflict:

  • Afghanistan - USIP is conducting a number of initiatives in this country to: promote a secure environment; build the rule of law; strengthen public education and civil society; and promote a better understanding in the U.S. policy community of critical issues related to the country.
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo - The conflict in the DRC involved seven countries and took four million lives. USIP is raising awareness of continuing threats to peace in the DRC; providing a forum for discussions of peace efforts in the country; and investing in local peacebuilding projects.
  • Haiti - Recent events in Haiti have produced a sense of cautious optimism that the country is making progress, although significant problems persist, including bitter social divisions and abject poverty. In this light, USIP has established the Haiti Working Group, the only D.C.-based forum of its kind, to promote peacebuilding in Haiti and to strengthen U.S.-Haitian relations.
  • Iraq - In Iraq, it is now vital to create safe space for reconciliation efforts at the local, provincial, and national levels and to promote peaceful political engagement. USIP is helping these endeavors by promoting reconciliation; strengthening government institutions, and facilitating positive international engagement.
  • Liberia - Liberia's November 2005 elections capped the end of long period of conflict. On the ground in Liberia, USIP is helping promote the rule of law. In Washington, we are continuing to sponsor the Liberia Working Group—a forum for Liberian leaders to collaborate with U.S. policymakers and organizations.
  • Sri Lanka - After twenty-six years of civil war, in May 2009, the Government of Sri Lanka announced it had defeated the separatist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).  USIP is working to help Sri Lanka move from a post-war to post-conflict environment through supporting constructive political negotiations and supporting sound demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration policies and practices of former combatants.

Articles & Analysis

July 25, 2012

USIP has established a program, Capacity-Building and Dialogues for Afghan Women, in an effort to reach beyond the capital Kabul and help prepare women elsewhere to play a role in peace and post-conflict processes.

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