Developing Professional Peace Practitioners

Thought leadership highlights:

Applied Research + Assessments

Simple practitioner tools distilled from complex theory

Through applied research, we find solutions to realistic problems and develop innovative approaches to peace. We build theory, practitioner tools, and assessment frameworks that can be applied to real-life.

Rapid Assessment Governance Tool

IPSI and Creative Associates recently released the Governance System Stability Assessment (GSSA), a tool and accompanying training suite designed to help community leaders and development practitioners assess the overall health of local governance systems, identify specific weaknesses or vulnerabilities within them, and develop tailored, targeted, and right-sized approaches to build or enhance community resilience. 

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Fragility Assessments

In collaboration with FragileStates.org, we offer a new approach to assessing and addressing fragility; one that is rooted in the societal and institutional dynamics that cause fragility, rather than the formal institutions or visible symptoms that result from it. Based on over ten years of research on fragile states, our assessments uniquely focus on the forces that can drive a society together or apart. We then offer a simple-to-use guide for clients to analyze the context-specific challenges facing individual fragile states. 

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Organizational & Individual Resilience

Working in non-permissive and high-threat environments where primary or secondary trauma poses a threat to the wellbeing of your team can critically impair institutional ability to achieve objectives. To increase resilience in high-risk contexts, an organization must do more than offer wellness programs. It must develop a culture that nurtures mental health and encourages trust and flexibility. IPSI’s organizational resilience package includes assessments and tailored training for leadership and staff to create a culture of resilience. 

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Peace Process Support

IPSI’s Peace Process Support team consists of the world’s top professional peace practitioners

The United States Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) has selected IPSI and our consortium partner Development Transformations (DT) to join its Peace Processes Network Fund. Through this partnership with CSO, IPSI will have the opportunity to implement programs that support peace negotiations and/or peace processes for the next three years in fragile and conflict-affected countries, including in Burma, Burundi, Colombia, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. These programs will complement IPSI’s existing conflict sensitive development work by supporting the resolution of conflict during the peace process stage. IPSI looks forward to working with CSO and other partners on this new mechanism.

Peace Process Support Core Team

  • Pamela Aall
  • Chester Crocker
  • Chic Dambach
  • Alvaro De Soto
  • Dr. Terry Hopmann
  • Jeffrey Mapendere
  • Dr. Joyce Neu
  • Dr. William Zartman

Countering Violent Extremism

IPSI is recognized as a global thought leader on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). In April 2016, IPSI and Creative Associates International hosted the
Countering Violent Extremism Symposium in Washington, DC, launching the Countering Violent Extremism Community and resulting in an Executive Report that clearly outlines a path forward for effective CVE. IPSI now advises NGOs, government agencies, and private sector companies on CVE-related issues, and we are designing a suite of trainings for effective CVE.  We also serve as a Strategic Partner for the RESOLVE Network at USIP.