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The United States Institute of Peace is worthwhile

Reader comment on item: Defund the U.S. Institute of Peace?

Submitted by David Fisher (Australia), Feb 28, 2011 at 21:52

Daniel Pipes advises defunding the United States Institute of Peace because it 'forwards a political agenda.'

From the usip website one can find the political agenda:

http://www.usip.org/about-us

  • Operating on-the-ground in zones of conflict, most recently in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Colombia, Iraq, Kashmir, Liberia, the Korean Peninsula, Nepal, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Nigeria, Sudan, and Uganda. Specific projects involve:
    • Mediating and facilitating dialogue among parties in conflict
    • Building conflict management skills and capacity
    • Identifying and disseminating best practices in conflict management
    • Promoting the rule of law
    • Reforming/strengthening education systems
    • Strengthening civil society and state-building
    • Educating the public through events, films, radio programs, and an array of other outreach activities

    The above is indeed a political agenda, and I think it is a good one.

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