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United States Institute of Peace Awards Support to 58 Institutions to Further Public Education for Peacebuilding

NEW YORK, July 19, 2013—The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce support to 59 organizations at 58 institutions across the United States as part of the second round of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative. Since January 2013, USIP has provided up to $2,000 to approximately 143 organizations, totaling nearly $300,000 in support of events that advance and promote the understanding of peacebuilding and international conflict resolution.

“The idea of promoting peace has long been a part of IIE’s vision since its founding in 1919,” says IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman. “The Institute believes peace and prosperity around the world depend on increasing the capacity of people to think and work on a global and intercultural basis. These USIP-funded events do just that.”

Upcoming USIP-supported events include:

  • Public seminar and podcast series for the Puget Sound community on peace-building and post-conflict humanitarian efforts, hosted by Antioch University Seattle.
  • Peace leadership and skills building workshop on international conflict resolution at Greenfield Community College (Massachusetts).
  • Public lecture at Iowa State University by Professor Ramesh Thakur, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament at Australian National University, on the UN responsibility to protect (R2P) doctrine.
  • Speaker and film series fostering dialogue on "Is Climate Change a Threat to World Peace?” at University of Hawaii at Hilo.
  • Conference at the University of South Florida examining how The Silk Road Initiative and ethnic reconciliation could contribute to political stability in Afghanistan.

In keeping with its mandate to serve the American people through education and training, USIP’s Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative has assisted colleges, universities and public libraries in 39 states as well as Washington, DC this year. Events that receive USIP Public Education for Peacebuilding Support will address a wide range of themes, such as gender, media, science and technology, sustainable economics, nonviolent conflict resolution, international and regional organizations, post-conflict transitions, and negotiation and mediation. They will also cover country- and region-specific topics.

For a complete list of the colleges, universities and libraries that received support from this initiative, please visit the USIP Support website


About the United States Institute of Peace

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence. By supporting events across the country that cover a wide range of peace and conflict mitigation topics, USIP aims to contribute in a significant way to the national conversation on addressing and preventing international conflict. USIP Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is open to all accredited U.S. colleges and universities, as well as U.S. public libraries.


About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

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