US officials are struggling to respond to the number of displaced people arriving at the southern U.S. border. The challenges at the border are exacerbating perceptions inside the United States of immigrants and immigration as being a threat, which is fueling resentment, animosity, and polarization. According to the Anti-Defamation League, this perception “has galvanized the anti-immigrant movement and made life substantially more difficult for all immigrants and the communities that welcome them”.

This session will explore the complex issue of immigration, starting with what is happening at the border and why, how the issue is being weaponized and turned into a wedge issue that is fueling divisions in the country, and what immigrant rights groups are doing to change the narrative and address these divisions while ensuring that immigrant communities in the United States can live in safety and peace. This event is part of a series of weekly webinars on 'Preventing and Reducing Conflict and Instability in the United States: Shaping What Comes Next' organized by the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the U.S. Peace, Justice, and Democracy Working Group.


  • Saurav Upadhyay (Moderator), Research Manager - Learning & Evaluation, Alliance for Peacebuilding

  • Josh Leach, Public Policy and Communications Strategist for The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 

  • Diego Aranda-Teixeira, Supervising Attorney, Litigation at Al Otro Lado Tijuana

  • Oscar Hernandez Ortiz, Dreamer and Activist. 

Time and date: August 4, 2021 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM EDT. 



Despite civil society calls for more diverse judiciary and increased understanding of prosecuting gender-based crimes, the International Criminal Court remains slow in making meaningful gains in equitable representation and gender justice.

Join the NYC Chapter of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS-NY) for this discussion, featuring international justice experts, about the challenges and recommendations of sustaining and increasing the representation of women of color from diverse geographies within the international justice system.

Time and date: Aug 4, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)



Education can be a driver of conflict that fuels grievances, xenophobia, and misinformation, or it can address conflict dynamics in the United States and contribute to peacebuilding. Join the Alliance for Peacebuilding on July 28th in a discussion about working with educators and state and city governments to align the U.S. history curriculum with a peacebuilding approach. We will present Kate English and Patricia Shafer whose organizations provide peace education to young people, including training, mentoring, and teaching conflict history and prevention. 

We will also engage in a discussion of the recent bill introduced by Senators Chris Coons and John Cornyn, the “Civics Secures Democracy Act”, which aims to restore the importance placed on civics education in American classrooms and expand access to civics and history education. This event is part of a series of weekly webinars on 'Preventing and Reducing Conflict and Instability in the United States: Shaping What Comes Next' organized by the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the U.S. Peace, Justice, and Democracy Working Group.


  • Liz Hume (Moderator), Acting President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

  • Patricia Shafer, Executive Director, NewGen Peacebuilders

  • Kate English, Executive Director, Educators’ Institute for Human Rights

Time and date: July 28, 2021 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM EDT. 



Dialogue Solutions will deliver a new « 101 course » on Transitional Justice Fundamentals on 27 July at 8:30 AST. The trainer Ms. Salma Yusuf will introduce participants to the fundamental concept and framework of Transitional Justice, an emerging and recent approach to peacemaking and conflict resolution. Thanks to this course, participants will learn to make the case for transitional justice in their societies and countries, and will be able to contribute to the designing and implementation of transitional justice processes.

To register, write to or fill out the online form.


Please join the Alliance for Peacebuilding on Tuesday, July 20th at 9am ET for the second event in our series focused on reducing and tackling the effects of violent extremism, entitled, A Bird's Eye View: Inside Violent Extremism Disengagement and Reconciliation Programs. Our speakers will explore successes and challenges to disengaging former violent extremists and the ways in which holistic reconciliation programming can provide former combatants with opportunities away from the battlefield, reduce violence, address stigmatization, and promote social cohesion. The panelists will discuss their work in Indonesia, Nigeria, and Central Asia, as well as provide a cross-comparative analysis about how reconciliation programming can reduce violent extremism globally.

Speakers include:

Liz Hume, Acting CEO and President, Alliance for Peacebuilding (Welcome Remarks)

Leanne Erdberg Steadman, Director, Program on Countering Violent Extremism, USIP (Moderator)

Cameron Sumpter, Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

MaryAnne Iwara, Jennings Randolph Fellow, Program on Countering Violent Extremism, USIP

Dr. Stevan M. Weine, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Chris Bosley, Senior Program Officer, Program on Countering Violent Extremism, USIP

Date & time: Jul 20, 2021 09:00 AM (US & Canada Time)