United States Institute of Peace

About United States Institute of Peace

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent national institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. USIP pursues this vision on the ground in conflict zones, working with local partners to prevent conflicts from turning to bloodshed and to end it when they do. The Institute provides training, analysis, and other resources to people, organizations, and governments working to build peace.

USIP Brings Together Experts and Practitioners in Peacebuilding to:

Identify the best ways to counter violent extremism and promote religious tolerance.
Develop practical tools to improve the rule of law in chaotic environments after violent conflict.
Rigorously test approaches to conflict prevention and peacebuilding to ensure the U.S. is using the most constructive and cost-effective tools to protect U.S. interests without violence.
Use traditional media, social networking, and emerging technologies to track, prevent, and resolve violent conflict.

USIP Works to Advance Peace and U.S. National Security:

In Iraq, USIP and its partners facilitated local peace agreements for Mahmoudiya (2007) and Tikrit (2015) that ended communal warfare, let displaced families return home, and stabilized those regions. USIP is expanding its Iraqi partners’ capacity for such peacemaking, and recently supported a new pact to calm underlying tensions in Hawija once it is recaptured from ISIS.

In Afghanistan, USIP supports grassroots movements to oppose corruption, counter extremist messages, and promote peaceful elections. The Institute helps universities develop courses in conflict resolution, including in areas where the Taliban and ISIS are active. USIP assists the government in improving legal mechanisms to resolve land disputes, and advises on a strategy against extremism. USIP analysis also helps shape U.S. and NATO stabilization efforts.

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, connects, and supports local organizations to devise 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, from Nigeria to South Sudan to Yemen. USIP recently expanded the program to Colombia to strengthen the ability of that country’s young people to aid the difficult process of carrying out the peace accord.


Visiting Research Assistant

June 2020 - August 2020 Washington, DC
“I enjoyed having the ability to assist with real research that would create an impact in peacebuilding processes around the world. Also, the team I worked with was very supportive, always reaching out and offering to provide assistance if I needed anything. They also expressed a desire to help me with my future career, offering to help me network and giving me career advice. ”

Visiting research assistant

June 2018 - August 2018 Washington, DC
“I loved the people I worked with and the amount of mentorship I received from them.”
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