The United States Institute of Peace is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. To reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions, USIP works with governments and civil societies to help their countries solve their own problems peacefully. The Institute provides expertise, training, analysis, and support to those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.

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Why a U.S. Institute of Peace?

What USIP Does

  • Serves as a nonpartisan government partner and trusted intermediary among foreign governments, civil society, and U.S. government officials.
  • Works in conflict zones at the community level and with national and regional governments, with a focus on connecting top-down and bottom-up initiatives.
  • Applies research through training, education, policy recommendations, and application of best practices.
  • Partners with stakeholders around the world to research, support, and advance strategies to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict.
  • Draws on its exceptional convening power to bring together diverse audiences to exchange knowledge and ideas necessary for developing solutions to the most pressing peace and security challenges.

How USIP Advances Peace and U.S. National Security

  • In Iraq, USIP and its partners are facilitating reconciliation dialogues to heal the deep divides left by the ISIS occupation. The dialogues have led to six accords, which have permitted the return of more than 600,000 displaced Iraqis.
  • USIP has worked on the ground in Afghanistan for 17 years, helping Afghans build nonviolent solutions to the country’s long conflict. The Institute works from the ground up, with local government and civil society partners, and from the top down, informing U.S. and Afghan policymakers through research, analysis, and track 2 dialogues.
  • In Nigeria, USIP convenes the country’s influential state governors with civic and religious leaders to develop pragmatic strategies for reducing the root causes of radicalization and the Boko Haram insurgency.
  • In Colombia, USIP expanded the role of women and minorities in the negotiations that ended 50 years of civil war in 2016. The Institute trains and supports local organizations to build peaceful solutions for the inevitable conflicts that arise with implementation.
  • Across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, USIP brings together young civil society leaders working for peace for a training and mentoring program. Since 2014, the Generation Change program has trained more than 200 youth leaders from 24 countries. In 2017, these young leaders engaged nearly 120,000 citizens across their communities.
  • In Washington, USIP facilitates bipartisan commissions—at the request of Congress—on the toughest policy issues, including how to address the underlying causes of extremism in fragile states and policy options for the complicated conflict in Syria.
  • USIP researches policy options for the U.S. government to avert or end violence. Recent research focuses on global and regional interstate competition, particularly a rising China and a more assertive Russia, as well as on the risks from North Korea.

Founded in 1984, USIP is funded by Congress and governed by 15-member, bipartisan Board of Directors. The Institute’s teams work in many of the world’s most volatile regions. In 2011, USIP moved to its permanent home on the northwest corner of the National Mall.

USIP’s 300-plus staff members work abroad or at the Institute’s headquarters in Washington, an iconic building that faces the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and that symbolizes our nation’s commitment to peace.