Prevention and Peacebuilding

The geopolitical underpinnings of the world order are undergoing a sea change, with rising challenges to multilateral system and contest between the US and China. Escalating crises—such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change—place unexpected pressures on the system, which continues to focus on response rather than prevention. Meanwhile, there are new and proliferating forms of conflict, with an alarming human tool.

CIC’s Prevention and Peacebuilding program seeks to strengthen the international architecture and tools for preventing conflict and building peace in this fraught context. We focus on three critical areas of work.

  • Our Prevention workstream provides innovative, policy-relevant, and real-time evidence and arguments for advancing the chances for sustainable peace, with a focus on operationalizing prevention at the UN; we include a thematic interest in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in this work.
  • Our Data for Peace workstream is building a multi-stakeholder community to support innovative, data-driven and tech-forward approaches to prevention and peacebuilding.
  • Our Good Peacebuilding Financing workstream develops action-oriented recommendations to improve the way development cooperation works in fragile countries. 

We bring a strong gender-based analysis to our work, highlighting the centrality of the women, peace, and security agenda to prevention and durable peace. As part of this effort, we provide analysis on women in peace operations and senior appointments in the UN, and we keep an extensive data set on both through our UN Senior Leadership Appointments Dashboard.

Partnerships are an essential feature of how we work. We align our own comparative advantage in crosscutting expertise on politics, security, and justice and deep ties to international policy actors with the advantages of others in the Global South or working on longer-term, academic research. We are proud that our current and former partners include the g7+ countries, ODI, the Institute for Security Studies–South Africa, and many others.

The program continues the tradition of work on conflict prevention at CIC, including its long-standing Global Peace Operations Review books and web site