Through this initiative, the Centers of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding and Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding explored ways to utilize quantitative and analytical tools to map online discourse and content in USIP's priority conflict areas.

Ukraine Protest
Photo Credit: The New York Times/ Sergey Ponomarev

As part of this initiative, the Center put on major conferences that have brought together a wide range of leading academic and industry experts. It produced three PeaceWorks reports that laid out an influential framework for analyzing the impact of new media on politics and which took stock of the existing literature, methods, and data. These conferences and reports have significantly advanced a broad, collective, and collaborative effort to develop policy-relevant and academically rigorous approaches to urgent questions about the impact of new media on conflict and peace.

2014 Events and Publications

  • Public Event: Twitter Evolutions: The Changing Role of Social Media in War and Protest
    In this half-day conference, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the George Washington University's Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication hosted two panels of experts on social media's role in political protest and civil war across the Middle East and Europe as part of a discussion on the latest Blogs and Bullets report: Syria's Socially Mediated War.

2013 Events and Publications

2012 Events and Publications

2011 Events and Publications

2010 Events and Publications

2009 Events and Publications

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How Can Nicaragua’s Opposition Achieve a Breakthrough?

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By: Maria J. Stephan; Joseph (Joe) Eldridge

Only a few months ago Nicaragua was a spectator to the turmoil in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that has led to a massive exodus of families seeking refuge by traveling north. Sadly because of the current tumult in Nicaragua, a new refugee crisis could be on the way. To prevent further escalation, the opposition and the Catholic Church should loudly and strategically embrace nonviolent discipline.

Nonviolent Action

War-Weary Afghans March for Peace

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Friday, June 29, 2018

By: Maria J. Stephan; Johnny Walsh; USIP Staff

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Could Pakistan’s Protests Undercut Taliban and Extremism?

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