(Washington)—On 6 November 2013, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) entered a partnership to hold joint activities working with Libyans to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict without violence.
The two organizations will collaborate on workshops, public lectures, and conferences in both Libya and the United States. In doing so, USIP and LIAS hope to enhance conflict resolution skills in Libyan society through knowledge sharing, training, and development of curriculum and teaching materials. Additionally, LIAS and USIP will foster networks of peace building actors and activities across Libya.
As their first jointly held activity, USIP and LIAS co-hosted an event in Washington, DC, entitled “Comparative National Dialogue Approaches: Transition Processes of Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen”. The event discussed some broader lessons learned from national dialogue processes in the Middle East and North Africa looking at the cases of Tunisia and Yemen, and how lessons learned can be shared as Libyans embark on their own national dialogue process.
The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) is an independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by the United States Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance American national security.
The Libya Institute for Advance Studies (LIAS) is a local non-profit trust based in Tripoli, Libya with the mission of building a prosperous Libya that provides exceptional education to all Libyans, allows them to reach their full potential, and preserves Libya’s heritage. LIAS is poised to become the nexus of development and creativity in new Libya and is currently networking together the nodes of activities already taking place.