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About the Academy

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.

The Academy’s practitioner-oriented courses, held at the USIP headquarters in Washington and elsewhere, prepare professionals for work in and on conflict zones.

Practitioners in governments, international organizations, non-profit organizations, the military, and the private sector require knowledge and skills to effectively respond to highly volatile, multi-actor, multi-sectoral landscapes in conflict and post-conflict environments. To help meet this pressing need, USIP established the Academy Online to help educate and train practitioners to manage and transform conflict in all its phases, from preventing conflict to post-conflict peacebuilding.

The Academy's customized courses help prepare government and military personnel, civil society leaders, and NGO and IO staff abroad or those going abroad.

The Academy's fieldwork provides teacher training and curriculum development, training of trainers, dialogue and negotiation training, and other forms of capacity building.

USIP simulations, study guides, books, case studies, and other materials provide numerous resources for teachers, students, policy analysts, and practitioners.

The National Peace Essay Contest is a yearly competition that provides scholarships to high school students. NPEC encourages high school students to explore peacebuilding. Many NPEC winners have gone on to study foreign policy issues in college or have pursued careers in international affairs. Up to 53 winners receive college scholarships and, in 2014, the three national winners will be invited to an Awards Program in Washington, D.C.

Global Peacebuilding Center

Global Peacebuilding Center

The Global Peacebuilding Center extends USIP’s educational work to new audiences in new ways. Learn more about the multimedia exhibits, educational programs, and a website with resources and activities at

We focus mainly on students and educators, and seek to introduce these audiences to key concepts and skills in conflict management, and to the challenges and importance of peacebuilding. Through the onsite experience here at USIP and through the virtual Global Peacebuilding Center at, we are engaging the next generation of...

Global Peacebuilding Center