The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018
Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA) of the United States Congress introduced the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (H.R. 5273).
This timely legislation would require the U.S. government – in collaboration with global civil society – to develop a 10-year strategy to bring down current levels of global violence and better address the root causes of violence, violent conflict, and fragility that drive recurrent global crises.
If passed, the legislation will:
- Require the administration to launch a “Global Initiative to Reduce Fragility and Violence,” guiding U.S. government efforts to bring down current levels of violence and improve its efforts to prevent future violent conflicts;
- Require the Administrator of USAID, in coordination with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, to select 10 pilot countries where it will pursue new investments and programming order to achieve the Global Initiative to Reduce Fragility and Violence;
- Improve the administration’s ability to measure, evaluate, and assess efforts to reduce violence and prevent violent conflict;
- Lay out four ideas for funding mechanisms for the Initiative; and
- Encourage new partnerships with the private, academic, philanthropic, and civil society sectors to help surge research & development to reduce violence.
In the Press
Op-Eds, Articles, and Analysis
- ‘Conflict Is More Profitable Than Peace’, by Nicholas Kristof (The New York Times)
- Congress thinks big to tackle a defining crisis of our times, by Neal Keny-Guyer (The Hill)
- Preventing conflicts and atrocities must be our legacy, by Randy Newcomb (The Hill)
- It’s Time for the United States to Adopt a New Humanitarian Grand Strategy, by Madeline Rose (The Nation)
- You can’t beat inequality and poverty without peace, by Julian Egan (International Alert)
- Smith Helps Introduce Legislation To Reduce Violence And Security Threats By Stabilizing Fragile Countries (The Seattle Medium)
- Rep. Keating Files Act To Reduce Global Violence, Security Threats (The Bourne Enterprise)
- Congressman Introduces Act To Reduce Global Security Threats (The Mashpee Enterprise)
- Keating Joins Colleagues in Filing Global Violence and Stabilization Bill (CapeCod)
- New Bipartisan Legislation Would Reduce Violence and Security Threats by Stabilizing Fragile Countries (TexasGOPVote)
- US Aid to Fragile States: Where Does the Money Go? (Center for Global Development)
- Stabilization Of Afghanistan: The Little Engine That Couldn’t, by Diana Ohlbaum (Lobe Log)
- Robust Agreement over Global Fragility and Violence Reduction, by Julie Snyder (CIVIC)
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