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 will bring 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.
This Year's Theme
Participants in this year’s 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 four scenarios representing different phases of a peace process:
- Achieving a Near-Term Political Solution
- Transformation and Institutionalization
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
Register for PeaceGame here.
The event will be webcast live beginning at 9:00am ET on both Dec. 9 and 10 at usip.org/webcasts, and viewers can also join in the conversation on Twitter via the #PeaceGame hashtag.
This Year's Participants
Peter Ackerman, Henri Barkey, Hans Binnendijk, Esther Brimmer, Daniel Brumberg, Ambassador Maura Connelly, Paula Dobriansky, Andrew Exum, Nelson Ford, Ambassador Edward “Skip” Gnehm, Karen House, Lise Howard, Steven Heydemann, Ambassador James Jeffrey, Murhaf Jouejati, Ambassador Ted Kattouf, Mark Katz, Kemal Kirisci, Steven Koltai, Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, George Lopez, Kristin Lord, Colum Lynch, Firas Maksad, Robert Malley, Sharon Morris, Robert Mosbacher, Jr., Ambassador George Moose, Mouaz Moustafa, Manal Omar, Carina Perelli, Kenneth Pollack, Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, David Rothkopf, Paul Saunders, Mark Schneider, Jeremy Shapiro, Randa Slim, Julianne Smith, Andrew Tabler, Ambassador William B. Taylor, James Traub, Casimir Yost