We Can Stop Wars!

Peacemakers have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to stop armed conflicts through direct interventions. See the 180 summaries of successes below. Even wars that have persisted for decades can be stopped, as illustrated by the peace recently achieved in South Kivu Province, DRC, as described here. Direct actions, especially those based on evidence and led by local organizations, can stop political violence. Let’s allocate more of our resources to stopping the wars that are so costly in both human and economic terms.

SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLES

180 SUCCESSES ​

Many are skeptical about whether wars can be stopped. But they can! Dr. Elliot Short has summarized 180 cases in which armed conflicts have been stopped or prevented since 1990.

 

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PROMISING REAL RESULTS​

BETTER EVIDENCE PROJECT

The Better Evidence Project at George Mason University was established to encourage the use of hard evidence as the basis for decisions about how best to reduce warfare. To do that, it is building a large, easy-to-use resource center and a hub for collaboration and exchange of information by members of the Peacebuilding community.

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LOCALLY-LED INITIATIVE​

CONGO PEACE PROCESS

A group of former fighters convened a large four-day meeting in South Kivu Province which resulted in a peace agreement that stopped the fighting there. Learn more

 

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THE COST OF CONFLICT

COST-EFFECTIVENESS

With the limited resources available to the peacebuilding field, focusing our resources on activities that are cost-effective will go a long way to determine the results we achieve.

 

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PEACE IS POSSIBLE

Peacemaking Success in DRC

Peacemaking Success in DRC

The peace agreement in South Kivu Province has now held for over six months. It was initiated by a local organization of former combatants who abandoned fighting to work for peace. They convened a group of 88 citizens, including representatives of 21 armed groups, civil society leaders, and the Congolese government, to find a way […]

Fighters Become Peacemakers in the Congo!

Fighters Become Peacemakers in the Congo!

For decades, war has raged in three provinces in the eastern DRC: North and South Kivu and Ituri. Not only civilians, but members of the fighting militias too, are sick and tired of it. Recently, they have stopped the violent conflict in three of the five districts in South Kivu. For several years, a group […]