Vision, Mission, Core Principles

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation's capacity to manage international conflict without violence.


A world without violent conflict.


To prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace.

Core Principles

1. We believe conflicts can be resolved without violence.
Though conflict is inevitable, many conflicts can be addressed effectively without violence. Nonviolent means can be less costly, more sustainable and less destructive to human lives, livelihoods and well-being.

2. We will adapt to the dynamics of each conflict.
Efforts to prevent, mitigate and resolve conflicts should be tailored to each issue, circumstance or conflict zone.

3. We will be guided by facts.
Efforts to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflicts must be grounded on empirical evidence and rigorously evaluated for impact.

4. We will partner.
Our impact is wider and more enduring when we work with partners in government, multilateral organizations, business and civil society around the world.

5. We believe in constant improvement.
To achieve excellence in everything we do, we strive consistently to improve both our own work and the work of our colleagues.

6. We innovate, learn and share whenever possible.
We test new means of addressing challenges and incorporate lessons learned into future work. Whenever possible, we share our knowledge, techniques, experiences and resources that can help others build peace.