The work of International Peacebuilding addresses issues of disharmony, violence, crime and war by identifying their underlying causes and implementing nonviolent solutions that build an infrastructure for sustainable peace.
Peacebuilding was developed as a conflict prevention technique that prevents violence from escalating into war. The Peace Alliance works to help create the political and social will to invest in the work of Peacebuilding, through better infrastructure and direct funding of the work.
Aware of the fact that war-torn societies, characterized by high rates of displacement, damaged infrastructure, and weak or absent institutions are also more vulnerable to disease and may under some conditions provide fertile ground for other international ills like arms trafficking, transnational crime, and terrorist networks cases of which has risen sharply in the recent past; the work of International Peacebuilding is as important as ever.
Over the past years, the architecture and mechanisms for international peacebuilding have improved considerably. There is a much greater understanding of the complexities of peacebuilding, more self-critique about the limits of international aid/assistance, and increasing appreciation of the unique demands of specific situations, particularly over questions of state-society relations and governance. Read more from Charles Call and Elizabeth Cousens in: Ending Wars and Building Peace: International Responses to War-Torn Societies.
As part of the Prevention and Protection Working Group, a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, anti-genocide, peace and other organizations dedicated to improving U.S. government policies and civilian capacities to prevent violent conflict, mass atrocities and protect civilians threatened by such crises; several issues seem to us the most pressing key of which is the discussion of economic and strategic policy instruments that could have a powerful effect in combating state fragility and reversion to war, such as terms of trade, monetary policy, management of currency fluctuation, among aspects. Additionally we are focusing on ensuring that the government is dedicated to the effectiveness of stabilization and peacebuilding operations through it’s enhancing civilian capability globally and strengthening interoperability among international actors while at the same time cautious* of the issue of prioritization and sequencing of peacebuilding activities.
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