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

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2009 Events and Publications

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Nancy Lindborg on the Role of People Power in Global Security

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

By: Nancy Lindborg

Returning from the Halifax International Security Forum, USIP President and CEO Nancy Lindborg explains why the growing number of “people power” movements around the world have left her optimistic, saying “the notion of what constitutes national security continues to evolve…security includes governments that are responsive to the needs of their people.”

Type: Podcast

Nonviolent Action; Global Policy

Conflict Prevention in Kenya: Combating Corruption through Nonviolent Action

Conflict Prevention in Kenya: Combating Corruption through Nonviolent Action

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

By: Tabatha Thompson; Hussein Khalid

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Type: Special Report

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Donor Assistance in the Transparency and Accountability Movement

Donor Assistance in the Transparency and Accountability Movement

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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Focusing on transparency and anti-corruption issues, this report discusses the findings from a series of participatory workshops and more than seventy interviews with social movement actors and organizations in Kenya, Nigeria, and Ukraine. It looks at the different ways social movement actors in these countries were influenced by foreign financial support and training, including in terms of the goals they set, the tactics and activities they pursue, and whether receiving foreign support compromises their legitimacy with their domestic constituents.

Type: Peaceworks

Global Policy; Democracy & Governance; Nonviolent Action

To Build Peace, Boost the Women Who Lead the Movements

To Build Peace, Boost the Women Who Lead the Movements

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

By: James Rupert

Images of this year’s grassroots movements for social and political change—such as the ouster of authoritarian rulers in Sudan and Algeria—reiterate that women worldwide are driving campaigns that can strengthen democracy and reduce violent conflicts. Yet 20 years after the United Nations proclaimed the need for women at the center of the world’s peacebuilding and stabilization efforts, they remain marginalized in those official processes. So when USIP and a program at the University of Denver organized a training initiative this summer for 14 women leading civic movements for social change, a message glared from the mountain of nominations received from experts and groups working on the world’s violent crises.

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