When you hear the word “conflict,” what immediately comes to mind? This is an exercise we often use with students at middle school and high school levels. Off the tops of their heads, their answers...
As the world this year saw its highest tide ever of people displaced by war, violence or persecution, the U.S. Institute of Peace has reinforced its work in the field to help reduce violence and its threat to U.S. and global security. “Our mission has never been more urgent,” says USIP President Nancy Lindborg in a video that highlights USIP’s work worldwide.
From soccer games to theatre productions to entrepreneurial investments, young people are mobilizing to promote peace, according to participants in a September 16 Twitter chat on youth and peacebuilding. The chat showed the important role youth play as a force for peace in a world dominated by violent headlines.
Sept. 21 will mark the annual observation of the International Day of Peace, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981 to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace and to focus attention on the purpose of promoting peace by the world community. Marking a day of peace may seem idealistic especially against the grim parade of recent events, but to the contrary, its inspiration is decidedly pragmatic: If we do not take peace seriously enough to plan for it and to develop in...
Ann-Louise Colgan, USIP's Global Peacebuilding Center director, shares the impact of the newest video in the “Witnesses to Peacebuilding" series.
It’s not as far-fetched an idea as you might think. USIP’s Global Peacebuilding Center, the Institute’s program to fulfill its congressional mandate for public education here at home, is inviting youn...
The Global Peacebuilding Center, USIP’s youth-focused education program, marked its first full year in 2012. Ann-Louise Colgan, director of the GPC, highlights some of the ways that the GPC is empowering the next generation of peacebuilders.
From the idea of an interfaith center in Baghdad to prospective programs encouraging Burmese media to contribute to peace, USIP experts discuss conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts in 2012 and plans for this new year in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Burma, the two Sudans and more.
“The Space Between,” the theme of TEDXWomen 2012, is familiar territory for the U.S. Institute of Peace, said Ann-Louise Colgan, the director of USIP’s Global Peacebuilding Center, in closing remarks for the event this past weekend. The Paley Center for Media hosted TEDXWomen at USIP’s headquarters in Washington D.C. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, with the co-sponsorship of the Institute.
On July 9, 43 second-year "Seeds" in their mid-to-late teens visited USIP for a briefing on the Institute’s work and to experience some of the content of the Institute’s Global Peacebuilding Center.