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Abstract: Violence Reduction Subsector Review & Evidence Evaluation

In Violence Reduction Subsector Review & Evidence Evaluation, authors Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik and Emily Myers, through the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium, seek to identify where peacebuilding programs have “directly correlated to reduced levels of violence” in order to design more targeted programs that directly impact violence and its causes. This is especially relevant because as of the report’s publication, levels of global violent conflict are at

2019-06-18T10:50:51-04:00April 30th, 2019|PeaceBuilding|

Global Fragility Bill Advances

The Global Fragility Act of 2019 has advanced out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is headed for a vote in the full House of Representatives. Reps. Engel, McCaul, and Omar spoke in support of the bill (video here). The bill (H.R. 2116), which passed the House of Representatives in the 115th Congress last year, would focus America's diplomatic, development and security efforts on preventing the root causes of violence

2019-06-14T06:31:06-04:00April 12th, 2019|PeaceBuilding|

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act Signed into Law

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) was signed into law by President Trump on January 14 after passing both the full Senate (on December 12, 2018) and the House of Representatives (December 21, 2018). The bipartisan bill, named after Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, requires a government-wide atrocity prevention strategy, affirms the work of the Atrocities Prevention Board and other practical steps aimed at identifying countries at

2019-05-23T07:15:42-04:00January 17th, 2019|News, PeaceBuilding|

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Law Enacted

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) was signed into law by President Trump on January 14 after passing both the full Senate (on December 12, 2018) and the House of Representatives (December 21, 2018). The bipartisan bill, named after Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, requires a government-wide atrocity prevention strategy, affirms the work of the Atrocities Prevention Board and other practical steps aimed at identifying countries

2019-06-14T06:55:31-04:00January 17th, 2019|PeaceBuilding|

Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act Passes House

Legislation endorsed by the Charity & Security Network passed the U.S. House of Representatives November 27, 2018. The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (HR 5273), introduced March 14, 2018, and passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee September 27, would require the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense, and other federal agencies - in collaboration

2019-06-14T07:00:06-04:00November 28th, 2018|PeaceBuilding|

Solutions to Roadblocks to Peacebuilding – Fact Sheet

Efforts related to prevent outbreaks of violence, transform armed conflicts, find peaceful ways to manage conflict, and create the socioeconomic and political conditions for sustainable development and peace continue to be stymied by overbroad U.S. counterterrorism laws and policies. But in 2015 and 2016 there are opportunities for positive change as the Obama administration seeks more creative ways to address the problem of violent extremism. A printable PDF

2019-06-14T07:37:44-04:00May 14th, 2018|PeaceBuilding|

Save the Date: Webinar – Are My Peacebuilding Activities Permissible?

The 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project had a chilling effect on peacebuilders working abroad and left practitioners worrying that their work might run afoul of US counterterrorism law. Seven years later, many of those same questions persist, but there are guideposts. Mark your calendars for an informative webinar: Tuesday, October 17 View the recording  George Foote, a lawyer with Dorsey, serves as outside general counsel to the

Analysis: Permissible Activities for Peacebuilders – Based on Statements by U.S. Officials

Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project (HLP), peacebuilding organizations have faced significant uncertainty as to what communications with Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) remain permissible under the prohibition on material support of terrorism in 18 USC 2339B.  Although there have been no prosecutions for peacebuilding activities since the decision, the lack of clarity about how it should be interpreted and applied has created a

2019-07-17T09:58:04-04:00April 14th, 2017|Analysis, PeaceBuilding, Permissible Activities|

Proposed Secretary of State Exemption from Material Support Ban for Peacebuilding Activities

DRAFT/PROPOSAL From: Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Secretary of State Notice: Approval of Peacebuilding Activities Date: [X]   The Secretary of State, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 2339B(j), having consulted with the Attorney General, orders that the provision of expert advice or assistance, training, and personnel designed to reduce or eliminate the frequency and severity of violent conflict, or to reduce its impact on noncombatants, are exempt from the prohibition in 18

2019-06-07T07:27:19-04:00March 9th, 2017|PeaceBuilding|
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