What is the United States Institute of Peace?

United States Institute of Peace building in Washington, D.C.

Why a U.S. Institute of Peace?

How USIP Advances Peace and U.S. National Security

  • In Iraq, USIP and its partners facilitated local peace agreements at Mahmoudiya (2007), Tikrit (2015) and Hawija (2017) that halted or prevented communal warfare, let displaced families return home, and reduced the need for U.S. or other military intervention. USIP is helping Iraq stabilize localities brutalized by ISIS.
  • In Afghanistan, USIP supports grassroots movements to oppose corruption, counter extremism, and promote peaceful elections. The Institute is helping Afghan universities develop their first courses in conflict resolution. In Pakistan, USIP supports a program that has de-radicalized Taliban fighters and returned them to peaceful community life.
  • In Colombia, USIP expanded the role of women and minorities in the negotiations that ended 50 years of civil war in 2016. The Institute trains and supports local organizations to build peaceful solutions for the inevitable conflicts that arise with implementation.
  • In Nigeria, USIP convenes the country’s influential state governors with eminent civic and religious leaders to develop a pragmatic strategy for reducing the root causes of radicalization and the Boko Haram insurgency.
  • Across Africa and the Middle East, USIP’s Generation Change program builds the skills of emerging youth leaders working for peace in communities across a dozen countries.
  • In Washington and abroad, USIP researches policy options for the U.S. government to avert or end violence. Recent research includes the rising role of China and risks from North Korea.