2017 Annual Conference

2017 Annual Conference


Peace Now More Than Ever


Dates: October 11 – 13, 2017


The politics of war and peace have shifted significantly in recent years. Violent conflicts from Central America to Syria have sent waves of refugees into host countries, leading to deep political divisions, humanitarian crises, and, in some states, the rise of populist leaders. In the face of extreme challenges, the peacebuilding community must unite and work more collaboratively for sustainable peace and security. Our field offers powerful solutions to complex problems, and global initiatives such as Agenda 2030 provide new frameworks for addressing rapidly changing dynamics. Events around the world in the past year have been a call to action for our community.

The 2017 Annual Conference will provide a platform for peacebuilders to explore both the challenges and the bright spots facing our field, and develop new solutions for the future. The event serves as a dynamic space for professionals in peacebuilding, the broader peace and security field, to network with each other. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, reflect on international crises, discuss the most important issues in the peacebuilding field, and develop collaborative projects.


Early Bird Registration is currently open until June 30, 2017.
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Conference Locations


Day one of the conference (October 11) will take place in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, and will be held in their magnificent building on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Days 2 and 3 (October 12 – 13) will be held at the FHI 360 Conference Center near Dupont Circle in Washington DC.


Conference Themes


Challenges to the international order, and peacebuilding approaches to new forms of conflict


Peacebuilding responses to fragility and humanitarian crises


Countering violent extremism


Gender and peacebuilding


The role of non-state actors in crisis and peacebuilding


Inclusive peace negotiation processes


New methods of violence reduction, preventing violence extremism, and conflict prevention


Adaptive learning in complex environments


Neuroscience and how we can rewire our brains for peace


Nonviolent social movements


“Selling peace” and framing our work through media and new narrative approaches


The role of the private sector and social enterprise in peace


Innovative financing for peace


Building strategic partnerships for peace