A Well Kept Secret ~ United States Institute of Peace
As someone who holds the belief that information is central to deflation of conflict, I find the work of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) incredibly important. The USIP describes itself as “the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence.” I won’t go into the history of USIP and its timeline in this post, but rather want to call attention to USIP’s timely newsletters published by its Centers and vast library on the subjects of peacebuilding, conflict, negotiation, mediation, and human rights. USIP newsletters not only link to recent news circulating the Web, but provide USIP’s perspective of global affairs within the lens of conflict resolution.
Many USIP documents are on the Web but many live on shelves in print in gov docs sections of local libraries across the U.S. [SuDoc Y3]. One of my favorite titles, Networking Dissent Cyber-Activists Use the Internet to Promote Democracy in Burma illustrates forward thinking by the USIP in linking technology to peacekeeping in 2000, way before the West’s fascination with the use of social media in the Arab spring. Revolutionary to say the least.