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 firstname.lastname@example.org.