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 series of ventures by Foreign Policy in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace. Twice a cycle – once in the 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 achieving peace.
The inaugural PeaceGame was held in December 2013. We began with a focus on the conflict in Syria, which carried over to our 2014 Abu Dhabi game. We then shifted to a series of games tackling one of the timeliest and most challenging issues facing the U.S. Government and stakeholders worldwide: the global rise of violent extremism. We focused one game on viewing the emergence of radical groups through the lens of the conflict in Nigeria, drawing more universal conclusions through the study of Nigeria-specific scenarios. We followed that up by a game focused on the human element: why do today’s extremist movements attract recruits worldwide and how can the international community more effectively counter this appeal and manage the reintegration of radicalized individual back into society? Write-ups and conclusions from these events are available in the Resources section of our website.
How to Get Involved
To request an invitation, email Stephanie Cherkezian, Stephanie.Cherkezian@foreignpolicy.com, and Claire Casey, Claire.Casey@foreignpolicy.com. For media inquiries, email Caitlin Thompson, Caitlin.Thompson@foreignpolicy.com. For information on sponsorship opportunities at future PeaceGame events, contact Andrew Sollinger at Andrew.Sollinger@foreignpolicy.com.
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To learn more about PeaceGame, please visit our website.