Intergovernmental Affairs

The Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) team builds, and strengthens USIP engagement and partnerships with U.S. civilian and military government agencies, as well as international and nongovernmental organizations. IGA advances USIP’s mission of nonviolent conflict prevention, mitigation and resolution by developing strategic relationships with stakeholders in the Executive Branch and global peacebuilding community who share these goals. As the U.S. Government’s principal peacebuilding center, USIP provides unique expertise and partnerships at the intersection of conflict zones and issue areas.

A Cross-cutting Approach to Peacebuilding

Organized by regional and thematic centers, USIP leads cross-cutting peacebuilding programs that merge geographic and issue competencies. The Institute integrates functional peacebuilding tools including education, training, research, technology, rule of law, religion, and gender. IGA identifies U.S. Government policy initiatives that intersect with various USIP centers to produce multi-institutional projects for peacebuilding.    

Collaboration and Partnerships

USIP’s international peacebuilding relationships and thought leadership attracts convening partnerships with key U.S. Government, non-governmental, and intergovernmental organizations. IGA seeks synergies between Executive Branch offices and USIP programs to help inform policies and develop strategic partnerships that advance efforts to prevent and manage violent conflict.

Key USIP Partnerships & Initiatives

Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) – Each year, USIP and AfP—a global membership association of peacebuilding organizations—bring together AfP members and individuals from the broader peacebuilding community to discuss pressing issues in the field and develop collaborative initiatives.  

  • Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) – State Department representatives called upon USIP to provide insight for the 2014 QDDR, particularly in the areas of stabilization and conflict prevention. USIP was among the organizations that contributed ideas to the development of the QDDR in 2010.
  • Risk and Recruitment in Public Diplomacy – USIP, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, the McCain Institute, and the Truman Project initiated a non-partisan dialogue among diplomatic, military, media and NGO leaders to address civilian risks of diplomacy in high-threat environments.   

Past USIP Initiatives

  • National Defense Panel (NDP) – At the request of the Department of Defense, USIP facilitated the NDP, which delivered its review of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)—“Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future”—to Congress in July.  
  • Special Envoys in High-Stakes Conflict Diplomacy – USIP recently authored a special report that addresses the issues surrounding Administrations’ use of special envoys or representatives and how they can be used more effectively. 
  • Afghanistan Senior Working Group – USIP convened a bipartisan, senior level working group to coordinate the principle U.S. agencies and NGOs working on the 2014 Afghan elections, significantly enhancing the likelihood of a nonviolent presidential transition.
  • Genocide Prevention Task Force – Jointly convened by USIP, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and The American Academy of Diplomacy, the 2008 Task Force offered practical recommendations on how to prevent genocide and mass atrocities.  
  • Iraq Study Group (ISG) – USIP orchestrated the bipartisan ISG in 2006 at the urging of Congress to produce an independent, forward-looking assessment of the situation in Iraq and its affects on U.S. policy.