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)



The Biden administration has repeatedly asserted itself as a champion of sexual and reproductive rights abroad (albeit without ever having said the word abortion), and yet it continues to impose draconian anti-abortion policies which deny access to abortion to pregnant people around the world without exception. As the largest global health funder in the world, these restrictions have an enormous impact on global health providers. This impact is no more destructive than in conflict zones, where local clinics and providers are routinely forced to turn away victims of war rape seeking abortion care, leaving these pregnant victims with no alternative other than to seek out unsafe alternatives.

Over the past decade, policymakers, advocates and medical providers have sought to change these policies, and ensure that pregnant people are able to access safe abortion care as they are entitled to under international law. In parallel, journalists and others have worked to tell the stories of those whose lives have been impacted by these policies and expose the sweeping brutality of the United States’ actions on abortion access around the world.

Join us for a discussion between journalists and leading experts on the impact of US abortion restrictions in conflict zones, and what can be done to turn abortion care as a legal and human right from paper to practice.
Time and date: Jul 15, 2021 11:00 AM (US & Canada time)



It has become evident that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but one with serious economic, social and political consequences. These represent major risks for the achievement of SDG 16, including the promotion of peace, rule of law, inclusive, representative and participatory decision-making, and access to information and fundamental freedoms. While the pandemic is not a cause of violence, it acts as a driver of conflict and an obstacle to peace. But most worryingly, the pandemic has rapidly accelerated the world’s turn towards authoritarianism. Emergency regulations have opened the door for autocratic rule; journalists, local peacebuilders and human rights defenders are under threat, while those most in need of protection are the worst affected. To stop and reverse this downward spiral and create new potentials for peace, international state and non-state actors need to make a concerted effort and take guidance from their local partners. Only if a peacebuilding and rights-based lens is applied in countering the pandemic´s collateral effects, societies can generate momentum for peace and sustainable development.

In a joint initiative, the Advocacy Forum Nepal, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), CIVICUS and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will discuss the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic from a peacebuilding perspective. FriEnt – the Working Group on Peace and Development – will present findings from a recent study “Coming to peace with Covid-19?” to lead the discussion.

Date and time: Tuesday, July 6th, 13:30 - 15:00 CEST / 7:30 – 9:00 EST via MS Teams