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 new series of ventures by Foreign Policy in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace. Twice a year – once in 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 peace.
Participants in 2013 and 2014’s spring PeaceGame will envision a path to a peaceful Syria. The game will begin with a discussion of potential scenarios for peace and the steps and conditions necessary to achieve it.
Players will then explore scenarios representing different aspects of a peace process.
In addition to formulating a prescriptive solution to the situation in Syria, the PeaceGame will illuminate the essentials of peace, what institutions and capabilities we need to achieve it, and how thinking seriously about peace might change how our national and international institutions approach their short and long-term missions.
How to Participate
Information will be announced shortly on how to attend PeaceGame and how to access a webcast.
This Year's Participants
(To be announced).