Welcome to the PeaceGame...

The Alternative to War

A ground-breaking new event that challenges world leaders to game out real solutions for peace.

FP gratefully acknowledges support from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, which made these initiatives possible.

About PeaceGame

Imagine what foreign policy would look like if world leaders approached the achievement of peace with the same energy, resources, and realism with which they approach preparing for wars. What if we viewed peace not as the cessation of hostilities, but rather as the achievement of the political, economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that lead to stability, organic growth, and conflict resolution within – instead of apart from - a system of laws?

This is the premise of a series of ventures by Foreign Policy in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace. Twice a year – once in the United States and once in the Middle East – PeaceGame brings together the leading minds in national security policy, international affairs, academia, business, and media to "game" out how we can achieve peace, with as much creativity and seriousness as we currently devote to war games. In so doing, we hope to redefine how leaders think about conflict resolution and the possibility of achieving peace.


The inaugural series of PeaceGame in 2013 and the spring event in 2014 was dedicated to the conflict in Syria.

The current PeaceGame series is tackling one of the timeliest and most challenging of issues confronted by the U.S. government and stakeholders worldwide: the global rise of radical groups and violent extremism. Building on a successful first session in December exploring the political and economic roots of extremism and violence, our June event will focus on the human element: why do today’s extremist movements attract recruits worldwide, and how can the international community more effectively both counter this appeal and manage the reintegration of radicalized individuals.

How to Participate

You can email Grace Rooney, FP’s Vice President of Events, if you have questions about participating in PeaceGame at grace.rooney@foreignpolicy.com.


Tuesday June 2

Great Hall, United States Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Avenue NW

  • 7:30-8:30AM
    Breakfast and Registration
  • 8:30-8:45AM
    Welcome and Introduction David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor, The FP Group & Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace
  • 8:45-9:45AM
    Framing Discussion: The search for an effective counter strategy
  • 9:45-10:00AM
    Break and Refreshments
  • 10:00-12:15AM-PM
    Scenario I: What if they gave a war and nobody came? Commanding the virtual high ground and other strategies for preventing and defeating information age insurgencies
  • 12:15-1:00PM
    Lunch Break
  • 1:00-2:00PM
    Framing Discussion: Myths and realities about what works
  • 2:00–4:15PM
    Scenario II: Combatting Contagion: What’s next for the defeated or homeward bound extremist?
  • 4:00-4:30PM
    Break and Refreshments
  • 4:30–5:15PM
    Formulating Recommendations: Shaping strategies and setting priorities
  • 5:15PM
    Event Concludes



Contact us

If you have questions regarding the event, please contact grace.rooney@foreignpolicy.com.


The FP and USIP PeaceGame partnership will include FP's new Peace Channel, a forum for cutting-edge analysis and reporting on how to build peace; PeaceGame, a counterpoint to Washington's traditional emphasis on war games; and an educational outreach initiative to engage young people who are the natural constituents of peace. Our goal is to reintroduce peace not only as an idea, but also as a pragmatic policy option.

FP gratefully acknowledges support from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, which made these initiatives possible.