United States

Department of State, Department of Defense, United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace.

The Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs manages the two primary U.S. security assistance programs focused on building international peacekeeping capacity:  the Global Peace Operations Initiative and the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership.  Both programs are implemented in close partnership with the Department of Defense.

The US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) promotes the collaborative develop­ment of peace and stability capabilities across the US Government and the international community in order to enable the success of future peace and stability activities and missions. The institute was established in 1993 at the US Army War College and in 2013 was designated the lead for the army as the joint proponent for peace and stability operations. The institute collects, evaluates, and disseminates lessons learned, informs and supports stability and peace operations policy development, develops and reviews stability and peace operations concepts and doctrine, develops and reviews civilian and military training and education programs, advises civilian and military in developing requirements and capabilities to plan, prepare, and execute peace and stability ­operations.

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. To reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions, USIP works with governments and civil societies to build local capacities to manage conflict peacefully. The Institute pursues its mission by linking research, policy, training, analysis, and direct action to support those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world

PKSOI hosted a Challenges Forum seminar in Carlisle on ‘The Doctrinal Dimension of Peace Operations’ in 2000; and a second seminar on ‘The Rule of Law’ in cooperation with United States Institute of Peace in 2004. PKSOI co-chaired a working group in the development of the Challenges Forum study ‘Considerations for Mission Leadership in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations’ hosting a workshop in 2009, in support of this purpose. More recent, PKSOI has co-chaired the working group on ‘Policies, Principles and Guidelines’ for the report ‘Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations’, an effort that has included the development of a Challenges Forum data base for current and future Partnership reference and benefit. The PKSOI has provided translation of Challenges Forum reports and material.

The United States Department of State, Bureau of International Organizations, has actively participated in the Challenges Forum since the 1990’s, and joined officially as a Partner Organization in 2012. Established to strengthen the US multilateral engagement, already in 1949, the Bureau of International Organizations is the US Government’s primary interlocutor with the United Nations. It is responsible for advancing the President’s vision as well as further developing the US position on the full range of global issues, including peace and security.

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