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23 May 2018 description

By: Jeff Krentel; Nathaniel L. Wilson

An evaluation of a three-year USIP program to strengthen capacity in the field to counter violent extremism revealed that effective project design, thoughtful recruitment strategies, and tailored course content are critical. Participants reported applying what they learned to either adjust existing CVE programs or develop new programs altogether. This report explores the lessons from the project for funders and practitioners to develop more effective projects.


16 Jun 2017 description

In the context of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security, this report examines collaborations between youth and religious leaders in conflict-affected states. Using case studies, surveys, and interviews, it highlights the gaps, challenges, and opportunities for how religious actors and youth can and do partner effectively in the face of violent conflict.


•More than 80 percent of the world identifies as religious, and most of the world’s most violent conflicts occur in countries with the most youthful populations.

13 Aug 2016 description

60 Days of Learning, From Youth Through Peace to Gender

Friday, August 12, 2016
By: Carla Koppell and Alison Milofsky

25 Feb 2016 description

Political polarization is high in the East African nation of Uganda, following the February 18 elections in which President Yoweri Museveni has claimed a victory that will extend his 30-year rule of the country. Elizabeth Murray, who oversees USIP’s programming and research in Uganda, discusses the tensions created by the elections, including the government’s repression, and arrests, of political opponents.

What is the controversy around the Ugandan elections?

15 Feb 2016 description

'Generation Change' Fellows Promote Peaceful Vote

Friday, February 12, 2016 By: Aubrey Cox and Gopal Ratnam

07 Jan 2013 description

One of the world’s least developed countries, the Central African Republic (CAR) has been plagued by a series of major challenges since its independence in 1960, including several coups, multiple armed rebellions, and frequent food insecurity. The most recent armed rebellion was launched on December 10, 2012 by an alliance of armed groups known as Seleka, whose primary grievance is President Francois Bozize’s failure to uphold the peace agreements that were brokered in 2007 and 2008 between rebel groups and the central government.

08 Aug 2012 description

A little more than two years since President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, the northeastern provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are once again embroiled in violent conflict. Section 1502 of the Act aims to break the link between the region’s mining industry and violent factions by requiring all U.S.-registered companies to certify that their entire supply chains are conflict-free. The law is based on the presumption that the violence in northeastern DRC is primarily fuelled by violent competition for control of the region’s lucrative gold and tin ore mines.

22 May 2012 description

A Report on the 2011 Peacebuilding Evaluation Evidence Summit


21 Feb 2012 description

Practitioner Tool by Kelvin Ong

Failure by mediators to fully assess the interests and positions of negotiating parties and accurately identify the strategies and tactics conflict parties employ to avoid disarming and demobilizing their fighting forces can greatly compromise the viability of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs. Providing guidance on the mediation and negotiation aspects of DDR, this toolkit lays out eight detailed steps that mediators can take to establish appropriate linkages between DDR and other aspects of a peace process.

12 Dec 2011 description

The deployment of about 100 American military personnel to combat the enduring brutality of the Lord’s Resistance Army and its charismatic leader, Joseph Kony, is to play a “supportive role” with the Ugandan army, said Ambassador Johnnie Carson at USIP Dec. 7.

28 Dec 2010 description

Special Report by Valerie Norville


Building lasting peace and security requires women's participation.

01 Jun 2010 description

Special Report by Véronique Dudouet


Reforms to antiterrorism legislation are required to improve its effectiveness and fairness and make it possible to engage diplomatically with proscribed armed groups.

10 May 2010 description

Peace Brief by Michelle Swearingen


Political, socioeconomic or cultural inequalities among groups could potentially motivate political violence in societies.

31 Aug 1999 description

John Prendergast and David Smock


Standing today at a crossroads between war and peace, the Congo threatens either to drag the entire Central African region into a quagmire of conflict or to provide the engine of economic reconstruction necessary for stability and democratization.

28 Jun 1999 description

John Prendergast

Already the deadliest conflict cluster in the world, the Horn of Africa has exploded again because of the intensification of the once-improbable Ethiopia-Eritrea war.

Support by Ethiopia and Eritrea for proxy militias in Somalia has reignited the Somali civil war and threatened the south with renewed famine.