Reassessing Peacebuilding in Uncertain Times

United States Institute of Peace

Since the establishment of the United Nations system and a rules-based international order after World War II, several major global events have profoundly altered the development of the peacebuilding field. The end of the Cold War, the genocides in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia and the 9/11 attacks on the United States, in different ways, were pivotal challenges to the existing international order, added new dimensions to the challenges of peacebuilding, and stimulated new thinking, approaches and tools in efforts to understand conflict and advance peace. In this uncertain and fluid context, USIP is inviting innovative proposals from U.S.-based academic institutions, research and practitioner organizations, and others for collaborative projects that reflect on, help clarify, and flesh out one or more key issues and propose new approaches and responses to peacebuilding challenges. USIP encourages proposals that draw on creative, multidisciplinary research and engage a diverse set of specialists from different institutions in a conference, workshop or roundtable series or other focused, deliberative program to: 1) better understand the evolving international order; 2) in that context, explore one or more of the challenges emanating from fragile states and assess the implications for efforts to prevent, mitigate and manage violent conflict and promote peacebuilding; and 3) suggest ways forward to achieve those goals, be it actionable policy recommendations, specific guidance about new field program design, or ideas for deeper, more focused policy-oriented research. Competitive proposals will draw upon and engage scholars, policy specialists, practitioners, including those with on-the-ground peacebuilding experience, and journalists in the deliberative process. USIP also strongly encourages proposals that engage or are from specialists at minority and historically underserved institutions that bring critical perspectives to the deliberations. Funded projects are expected to disseminate their results and findings as conference or workshop papers or reports that target the policy and practitioner communities.

Deadline(s):March 17, 2017

Funding Type(s): Research

Eligibility: Collaborative, Institutional

Keyword(s): Peace, Violence & Security, Public policy
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