Numerous and complex factors drive threats to global peace and security. From crises of governance between nation states and their citizens to environmental threats, weapons flows, and violent conflict—the effects of which transcend borders—the magnitude of today’s challenges requires systemic approaches. In light of unchecked xenophobic nationalism, the mass displacement of people, and weakening multilateral institutions, civil society has a critical role to play. A new generation of leaders is urgently needed to adapt existing frameworks for conflict transformation to address human security needs.
As the world evolves rapidly toward a multipolar reality in which a growing array of actors pursue their interests from positions of political and economic power, multilayered strategies are needed to create the conditions for just and durable peace. Local communities are best placed to diffuse conflict and mediate its prevention and resolution. Policy choices in the United States and other influential countries also remain critical to correcting the structural inequities and injustices that drive and exacerbate conflict. As isolationist tendencies and pressures on transnational alliances grow, promoting local resiliency and strengthening effective mechanisms for international and regional policy collaboration are essential for promoting nonviolence and cultivating peace.
The Fund believes that conflict transformation requires long-term strategic investments and a diverse constellation of actors to advance justice and equality. The Peacebuilding program aspires, therefore, to strengthen grassroots constituencies for peace and to promote innovative policy efforts that address drivers of conflict and are grounded in the realities and perspectives of affected women, youth, and local communities. The program focuses on conflicts that have a disproportionate influence on global insecurity and violence and in which the United States has a significant involvement.
Goal: Advance Just and Durable Peace
The Fund pursues the following interrelated strategies with respect to conflicts in the wider Middle East, focusing on Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and the U.S.-Iran relationship.
- Supporting innovative and collaborative approaches to and policies for conflict prevention and transformation at the multilateral, regional, and national levels.
- Strengthening constituencies and political will for conflict transformation and durable peace.
For more background information, download the Peacebuilding Program Memo (March 2011) [PDF]