Peacebuilding is the set of initiatives by diverse actors, including civil society, to address the root causes of violence and protect civilians before, during, and after violent conflict.
For many years, U.S. nonprofit organizations have helped pave the way for peace by bringing fighting factions together and providing alternatives to violence as a means of redressing grievances. Unfortunately, the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project (HLP) upheld the law defining prohibited “material support” of terrorism to include conflict prevention and resolution activities aimed at getting terrorist groups to lay down their arms.
- Analysis: Permissible Activities for Peacebuilders - Based on Statements by U.S. Officials
- Fact Sheet: State Dept. Goals Supported by Peacebuilding
- Fact Sheet: Peacebuilding (printable handout)
- Examples: Impacts of the Material Support Prohibition on Peacebuilding (printable handout)
- Impact on Women: Counterterrorism Laws and Policies Restricting Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Work
- Filling a Critical Gap: Track II Diplomac
- Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Bill Would Address Drivers of Violent Conflict
- The Impact of Counterterrorism Policies on Peacebuilding
- USIP: Track II Diplomacy: Laying the Groundwork for Peace
- USIP: Laying the Groundwork for Disarmament & Demobilization