About the Academy

The Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding is the education and training arm of the United States Institute of Peace. Begun in 2009, the Academy now encompasses and builds upon both the domestic and international programs that the Institute has provided for over two decades. 

Among other activities, the Academy offers a full curriculum of practitioner-oriented courses at the Institute’s headquarters in Washington and elsewhere; conducts conflict management workshops and training in Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan, Colombia, Iraq, Rwanda, and other conflict zones; and makes many of its courses and other resources available online to professionals, teachers, and students around the world. By combining its domestic education programs, its practitioner courses, and its overseas work in zones of conflict, the Academy has emerged as a truly global conflict management training and education center.

Participants in the Academy’s offerings come from diverse backgrounds: U.S. civilian and military agencies, international organizations, the nonprofit sector, schools and universities, and civil society groups and officials in conflict zones, among others.The primary objectives of the Academy are to: 

  • strengthen the knowledge and skills of U.S. and international conflict management practitioners—both civilian and military—in ways that increase the impact of their actions;
  • train local citizens to help build peace in zones of conflict, and feed the real-world lessons from those programs back into curriculum for U.S. and international students, teachers, and practitioners;
  • build the capacity of other institutions and their faculties to educate and train about conflict prevention, management, and resolution;
  • provide support for educational systems in fragile states and societies emerging from war to promote nonviolent resolution of conflict.
  • create and disseminate supporting materials, including case studies; simulations, role plays, and other interactive exercises; reports and books; and study guides and other lessons; and
  • develop courses and activities for U.S.-based students, teachers, and professors, including the National Peace Essay Contest.

The Academy's leadership team consists of a provost, vice provost, and deans. A board of overseers is presently being constituted.

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