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United States Institute of Peace

2301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20037



CHAIRStephen J. Hadley
Vice ChairGeorge E. Moose

MemberJudy Ansley
MemberEric S. Edelman
MemberJoseph Eldridge
MemberKerry Kennedy
MemberIkram U. Khan
MemberStephen D. Krasner
MemberJohn A. Lancaster
MemberJeremy A. Rabkin
MemberJ. Robinson West
MemberNancy Zirkin

Secretary of State (ex officio)Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of Defense (ex officio)Gen. James Mattis, USMC

President, National Defense University (ex officio)Maj. Gen. Frederick M. Padilla, USMC
President, U.S. Institute of Peace (ex officio)Nancy Lindborg


PRESIDENTNancy Lindborg
Executive Vice PresidentWilliam B. Taylor

Director, Congressional RelationsAnne Hingeley, Acting
Director, Public Affairs and CommunicationsLiz CallihanActing
Vice President, External RelationsDiane Zeleny

The United States Institute of Peace prevents, mitigates, and resolves violent conflicts around the world.

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent nonprofit corporation established by Congress pursuant to title XVII of the Defense Authorization Act of 1985, as amended (22 U.S.C. 4601-4611), to develop, apply, and foster cost-effective strategies and tools to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent international conflicts, particularly those that threaten or harm America's strategic and security interests. The United States Institute of Peace Act defines the organization's mission: "to serve the people and the government through the widest possible range of education and training, basic and applied research opportunities, and peace information services on the means to promote international peace and the resolution of conflicts among nations and peoples of the world without recourse to violence."

With the confirmation of the Senate, the President appoints the Institute's bipartisan Board of Directors. It comprises 12 members from outside the Federal service—plus four ex officio members, three from the State Department, Department of Defense, and National Defense University, and the fourth is the President of the Institute. The Board governs the Institute and appoints its President. No more than eight voting members may be from the same political party.


The Institute supports U.S. national security and foreign affairs through conflict management and peacebuilding operations, training in conflict management and peacebuilding tradecraft and best practices, and conflict research and analysis. The USIP operates on the ground in conflict zones. It facilitates dialogue among parties in conflict, builds conflict management skills and capacity, identifies and disseminates best practices in conflict management, promotes the rule of law, reforms and strengthens education systems, strengthens civil society, and educates the public through media and other outreach activities. The USIP works in partnership with the State and Defense Departments, the U.S. Agency for International Development, nongovernmental organizations, higher and secondary educational institutions, foreign governments, and international organizations to promote collaborative problemsolving through conflict management operations, training and analysis, facilitated dialogue, Track 1.5 diplomacy, and special events. The Institute conducts practitioner training in conflict management, including mediation and negotiating skills for government and military personnel, civil society leaders, and staff of nongovernmental and international organizations. The Institute extends its reach through grants, fellowships, and scholarships to nonprofit organizations in the United States and overseas.

Sources of Information


The USIP relies on knowledgeable, talented professionals to carry out its mission. A recent graduate typically starts as a program assistant. The ideal candidate is a high academic achiever; has a background in international relations or a related field; and possesses administrative, computer, research, and writing skills. Regional specialization and language skills may be required for some positions.

Grants / Fellowships

Information on USIP grants and fellowship programs is available online.


USIP articles, publications, and tools are accessible online.

For further information, contact the U.S. Institute of Peace, Office of Public Affairs and Communications, 2301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20037. Phone, 202-457-1700.