The United States Institute of Peace—an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established by Congress—is now completing construction of its permanent headquarters facility at the Northwest corner of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
For Immediate Release, January 22, 2010
Contact: Lauren Sucher, 202/429-3822
(Washington) -- The United States Institute of Peace—an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established by Congress—is now completing construction of its permanent headquarters facility at the northwest corner of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Scheduled for completion in early 2011, the headquarters will serve the American people, the federal government, and the international community as a center for research, education, training, and policy development on issues of international conflict prevention, management, and resolution.
The 150,000 square-foot, five-story building will be part of a peacebuilding campus that includes:
- A working building to house staff activities that “think, act, teach and train” on approaches to international conflict management.
- A Negotiating and Conference Center to convene collaborative programs and workshops on issues of peacebuilding and conflict management.
- An Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding that will educate and train U.S. and non-American professionals in best practices for management and resolution of violent conflict.
- A Global Peacebuilding Center for the general public—especially students, teachers and visitors to our National Capital-- who are interested in learning about the challenges and techniques for building a more peaceful world. The "Center" is both an educational facility and electronic hub for learning about and experiencing the work of the Institute. It will use social networking to bridge people and ideas. It is here that we prepare tomorrow’s leaders—today.
- And a Peace Channel on our website for up-to-date programming about peacebuilding efforts around the world.
“This dramatic structure, designed by Moshe Safdie and Associates, is a symbolic architectural statement of our nation’s commitment to building a more peaceful world,” said Richard H. Solomon, president of the Institute.
“Throughout our nation’s history, ordinary citizens have taken individual and collective steps to advance peacemaking, and they, like the famous diplomats and peacemakers,” will also find expression in this building,” said Tara Sonenshine, USIP’s executive vice president.
The United States Institute of Peace came into existence in 1984 and has grown to become a major, independent, nonpartisan national institution committed to the premise that violent conflict can be prevented, managed and resolved.
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