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Focus on Iraq
Soldier tears down a poster of Sadaam
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Soldier tears down poster of Saddam Hussein.

Institute resources related to the current crisis in Iraq.

Need a quick backgrounder on a breaking crisis in the Middle East? Trying to track down the text of a recently signed peace agreement in the Balkans? The U.S. Institute of Peace offers a wide array of such resources to reserachers, policymakers, the media, civic organizations, and the general public.

  • Library and Links
    As part of its Digital Library Project, the Institute has placed online the full text of peace agreements, documentation related to inter- and intrastate conflicts for many different countries and regions, and descriptions and documents related to truth commissions worldwide. Annotated web links access online information on numerous countries and regions around the world from the Balkans to Chiapas, Mexico. These pages also include a wide array of resources on foreign affairs topics such as terrorism and counter-terrorism, human rights, and peacekeeping. The Institute also maintains lists of links to the websites of research centers in international relations, foreign affairs ministries, international organizations, and search engines.

  • Guide to Specialists
    The Guide to Specialists is intended as a resource for civic organizations, print and broadcast journalists, radio and television producers, policymakers, and others who need or want expert information on regional and international affairs topics.

    Specialists listed include permanent staff members of the Institute and senior fellows of the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace. The guide features an alphabetical list of specialists; an alphabetical list of areas of specialization (divided into geographic regions and functional topics) cross-referenced to the persons with expertise in these areas; and biographical entries with detailed information about each specialist.

  • Reports
    Institute publications have gained a reputation for high-quality, independent research and policy assessments on topics from human rights to international peacekeeping.

  • Peace Watch Newsletter
    The Institute newsletter showcases research and analysis relating to international conflicts around the world.

  • News and Media
    Events, press releases, Institute specialists, media alerts, and other resources all at your fingertips!

  • Webcast Archives
    Wish you had attended an Institute event? You can still see or hear most past events with our webcast archives.

  • Listservs

    The Institute maintains several electronic mailing lists, or "listservs," to disseminate news and information about new Institute resources, ongoing Institute work in the Balkans, the interplay of new information technologies and the conduct of foreign affairs, and discussion about events and news on religion and peacemaking.

    • "USIP Events and Resources Update" -- Institute Announcements and News List
      The "USIP Events and Resources Update" is a mailing list maintained by the U.S. Institute of Peace for the announcement of Institute programs, events, and resources available to the public.
    • Religion and Peacemaking List
      The Religion and Peacemaking List is a private-moderated forum in which issues, news, activities, and trends pertaining to religion and peacemaking are discussed.
    • Virtual Diplomacy List
      The Virtual Diplomacy List is a private-moderated list that presents issues, ideas, and conference agendas related to the impact of new information and communications technologies on international conflict management.

  • Events
    The Institute frequently organizes public meetings to discuss and examine breaking issues of interest to foreign affairs policymakers, the news media, and other foreign policy professionals. Designed to explore important issues more substantively than a typical news "sound bite" allows, these briefings feature expert analysis and commentary. The Institute often webcasts these events live, allowing the dialogues to reach interested audiences beyond the Washington "Beltway." Questions for speakers have come from as far away as Mongolia and Bulgaria via e-mail during live-interactive Institute webcasts.

  • Teaching Guides
    While each guide provides teaching units geared toward specific topics--such as international terrorism, the U.S. military's role in international peacekeeping, justification of war, and preventing violent international conflict--they are also designed to help students develop an understanding of international affairs and conflict resolution, as well as analytical and writing skills.


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