Peaceful, prosperous societies need people and institutions to be subject to law that is fairly applied. The U.S. Institute of Peace helps states and members of society work together to strengthen the rule of law, often through justice and security sector reforms. USIP develops innovative models to foster and shepherd sustainable and locally supported reforms, trains rule-of-law practitioners, conducts research and holds forums to share knowledge. The institute also supports programs such as Justice and Security Dialogues, which seek to build trust between civil society and officials from the justice and security sectors.

Featured   Publications

Regional Security Support: A Vital First Step for Peace in Mozambique

Regional Security Support: A Vital First Step for Peace in Mozambique

Thursday, June 23, 2022

By: Andrew Cheatham;  Amanda Long;  Thomas P. Sheehy

Over the last year, Mozambique has seen a marked improvement in security conditions in its troubled Cabo Delgado region. The military intervention of Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states and Rwanda has disrupted an Islamist insurgency that emerged in 2017 and has since inflicted an enormous toll on the region. Security in key areas of Cabo Delgado and neighboring provinces has stabilized, giving the Mozambican government — and its international backers — an opportunity to foster reconciliation leading to an enduring peace. The Mozambican government should immediately take advantage of this exceptional regional commitment, which won’t last forever.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Justice, Security & Rule of Law

Lo que El Salvador puede aprender de Los Ángeles sobre la prevención de la violencia de pandillas

Lo que El Salvador puede aprender de Los Ángeles sobre la prevención de la violencia de pandillas

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

By: Rosa Anaya;  Fernando Rejón;  Mary Speck, Ph.D.

Cuando los presidentes de América Latina se reúnan esta semana para la Cumbre de las Américas, se reunirán en un condado de EE. UU. donde casi la mitad de la población general, y más de la mitad de sus jóvenes, se identifican como Latinos. Junto con otros inmigrantes, los Latinos han ayudado a impulsar la economía de Los Ángeles, tanto como empresarios como trabajadores. Pero sufren de manera desproporcionada por la pobreza, encuentran dificultades en la escuela y carecen de acceso regular a la atención médica.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Justice, Security & Rule of Law

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Current  Projects

Missing Peace Initiative on Preventing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Missing Peace Initiative on Preventing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Initiated in 2012, the Missing Peace Initiative is a partnership bringing together policymakers, practitioners and junior and senior scholars who are working on the issue of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. Together, these individuals identify gaps in knowledge and reporting and explore how to increase the effectiveness of current responses to such violence. Since 2013, the Missing Peace Scholars Network has ensured that this research is communicated cogently to policymakers by producing annual special reports intended to produce meaningful change regarding acts of conflict-related sexual violence.

GenderHuman RightsJustice, Security & Rule of Law

Curbing Elite Manipulation of Security Sectors Working Group

Curbing Elite Manipulation of Security Sectors Working Group

The U.S. Institute of Peace, in partnership with USAID's Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization, is convening the Curbing Elite Manipulation of Security Sectors Working Group to study how manipulation of the security sector for personal, political or financial gain contributes to violence. Through expert study, research and a public report, the working group seeks to distill the phenomenon sufficiently to identify leverage points where policy and action might effectively address the problem.

Justice, Security & Rule of Law

Security Sector Governance and Reform

Security Sector Governance and Reform

USIP believes that peace is impossible without security. Our work offers a peacebuilding approach to security sector governance and reform. Providing citizens with human security is one of the most fundamental obligations of any state. But too often, those intended to provide security, such as military and police forces, instead trigger violence or exacerbate ongoing conflicts.

Civilian-Military RelationsDemocracy & GovernanceJustice, Security & Rule of Law

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