United States Institute of Peace

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The United States Institute of Peace is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute devoted to the non-violent prevention and mitigation of deadly conflict abroad. Dedicated to the attainment of a world without violent conflict, the Institute works with governments and civil societies to build local capacities to manage conflict peacefully, reducing future crises and the need for costly interventions. USIP combines research, policy, training, analysis and direct action to support those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict.


  • USIP operates in the world's most challenging conflict zones, and conducts active programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and elsewhere.

  • USIP works in conflict zones with national and regional governments, with a focus on connecting top-down and bottom-up initiatives.

  • On a daily basis, the Institute mediates among parties in conflicts, and builds local conflict management skills in fragile states.

  • The institute also supports the development of the rule of law in post-conflict environments, and strengthens civil society.

  • USIP is implementing 300+ initiatives in 87 countries, including in 16 countries in which the Institute has an established presence.