The United States government is taking a number of steps to institutionalize greater conflict prevention capacity into its foreign policy structures. Prominent among these is the creation of the Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations in the United States
Department of State (http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/11/177636.htm)
This initiative complements work done by a number of not-for-profit organizations including the American Friends Service Committee which is a primary partner in the Prevention and Protection Working Group (http://fcnl.org/issues/ppdc/working_group_calls_for_prevention_funding_in_fy2012/)
which has recently established an Atrocities Prevention Board. The Working Group is the primary coalition of human rights, humanitarian, religious, and peace organizations in Washington dedicated to improving the United States’ government’s capacities to help prevent deadly conflict and to protect civilians threatened by it. The coalition
engages US officials in agencies and in Congress.
Gustavo Delgado, Director of Partnerships in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations joined Mary Stata, Legislative Associate with the Friends Committee on National Legislation and coordinator of the Prevention and Protection Working Group, and Tod Wilson, Senior Advisor to the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations met with members of peace and conflict prevention and resolution organizations working domestically and abroad, to discuss these new initiatives on December 7, 2011 in Washington.
The program, “Peacebuilding and U.S. Policy,” was organized and sponsored by the Alliance for Peacebuilding. (http://www.allianceforpeacebuilding.org/)