It can sometimes seem like violent, or negative, conflict is all around us. It is often what is featured in the news and focused on in history class. USIP, sponsor of this category and host of the 2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition event, focuses on two key points in its work around the world: (1) conflict can be managed without violence, and can even be a force for positive transformation; and (2) even when negative conflict is happening, there are almost always examples of people and organizations doing important work to build peace. This category will explore what peace means in practical terms, and how peacebuilding can still happen in a world full of challenges and conflict.
USIP is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress in 1984, and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. Learn more at www.usip.org.
Resources from USIP
- About the U.S. Institute of Peace (Video)
- SNAP Action Guide, Primer on Strategic Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding Processes
- Preventing Conflict During the Pandemic in Southern Tunisia, Blog, July 2020
- In Casamance, Dialogue Helps Battle Coronavirus and Builds Trust, Blog, June 2020
- Discovering Peace Through Art in Afghanistan, Blog, February 2020
- 2020 Women Building Peace Award Recipient: Rita Lopidia, Profile, September 2020
- Nonviolent Action in Myanmar: Challenge and Lessons for Civil Society and Donors (PDF), Special Report, September 2020, pages 1-4, 19-23
- Violent Extremism: Disengagement and Reconciliation, PeaceWorks, July 2020, pages 3-16
- Measuring Collective Impact (PDF), PeaceWorks, July 2020, pages 3-9
- Briefly: Preventing Election Violence Through Diplomacy (Video), January 2020
- Sanad Press Release on Tal Afar, News Release, September 2020
- Additional Resource for the National Competition: These resources will be updated on USIP’s Academic WorldQuest page.
- On Peace Podcasts from March 2021 (posted weekly): Please note: The On Peace podcast is on hiatus and will not be used as a resource at the National Competition. All questions will come from other resources listed here.
- Global Peace Index 2020 (PDF), Institute for Economics & Peace
- Executive Summary and Key Findings, document pages 2-4
- Section 1 : The Results, document pages 5-23
- Section 4: Positive Peace, document pages 53-56, 67-69
- Global Peace Index 2020 Briefing (PDF), Institute for Economics & Peace
- Implementing the Global Fragility Act, Mercy Corps, April 2020
- 2020 Fragile States Index, The Fund for Peace pages 33-38
- Selection includes the following case studies: “Women of Sudan: Bring a Glimmer of Hope,” Fifteen Years On, Cote D’Ivoire Comes Back from the Brink,” and “Iraq’s Improving Trajectory.”