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.
Watch the 2014 PeaceGame live stream here.
Participants in 2013’s Inaugural PeaceGame and 2014’s spring event in Abu Dhabi envisioned a path to a peaceful Syria.
The latest chapter, held at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC will be focused on containing violent extremism. This will be done through two scenarios focusing on the situation in Nigeria as a prism through which to explore issues there and how they may be relevant in other regions facing similar challenges. In addition, this PeaceGame will feature open roundtable conversations framing the discussion and seeking universal lessons in efforts to combat extremism.
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.