Why Maintaining the U.S. Institute of Peace is in our National and International Interests

By: David J. Smith, May 26, 2017

If you have been following the budget process, the Trump Administration has proposed ending funding for the U.S. Institute of Peace.  This is the second time in recent years that USIP has been threatened, the last time in 2011 by Congress.   Established in 1984, the Institute has quietly worked over the years to promote the resolution of violent conflict through education, training, grants, and promoting civilian-military relations.  For the small budget that USIP has traditionally operated with ($35 million currently), its work has been significant.   Read this March 16 Washington Post piece by Carol Morello providing some background on the current situation.

USIP recently produced this video to tell its story.  Click below

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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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