Peace Information Project
There are a number of important new initiatives in the area of peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Two prime examples are the proposal for a permanent United Nations "Peacebuilding Commission" and the creation of the State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. There are as well numerous existing programs at the UN, at the World Bank and European Union and other multilateral institutions, from national governments, as well as ongoing programs at NGO's such as the International Crisis Group, and work at institutes and universities.
The Peace Information Project (PIP) would identify, research, monitor, and report on these new initiatives and established programs. In this it would serve to advance the understanding of the "state of the field" in conflict prevention and peacebuilding among professionals working in the field, interested academics and their students, and the general public. In the future, it would seek to analyze the efforts of these organizations and their programs.
One of the core functions of the PIP would be the creation of a storehouse of information. This information would be designed to be publicly and easily accessible through the PIP's website and would be continually updated. One principal component of the project would be the creation of a relational database with several layers of useful information. Another useful component would be a compendium of website links to programs in the field.
Another core activity of the Peace Information Project would be the staging of public presentations by and dialogues with leaders in this area, as well as conferences. Programs might be on the topics Analyzing Conflict, Teaching Conflict, Teaching Peace, Predicting Conflict, Peacebuilding at the UN and Beyond, Reporting Conflict, Stability and the Private Sector, The Psychology of Conflict - and Peace, Peace Enforcement, Economics of Conflict, and Conflict and the Environment, among others.
A third core activity for the Peace Information Project would be the production of a newsletter. Current information and news, insightful articles and reviews, and profiles of leading practitioners would be of value to academics, government officials, staff at NGOs, members of the media, and those in the private sector who are concerned about developments in peacebuilding and conflict prevention. In addition to the newsletter, the project should generate considerable material for articles, papers, and op-eds. As noted above, the PIP website would serve as an important nexus for the promulgation of the newsletter and the other material.