Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University Awarded $2,000 from the United States Institute of Peace to Support Public Education for Peacebuilding

12/17/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University has received $2,000 in funding support from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The support will enable Ashland Center for Nonviolence to present a conversation on the prevention of war titled, “Can We Prevent War?”

According to John Stratton, executive director of Ashland Center for Nonviolence, the grant will allow the center to bring together three scholars and experts to explore the current nature of war and the attempts to prevent war, including civil wars with the potential to create regional conflicts and the conflicts that erupt in states with failed governments.

“USIP is pleased to support organizations like Ashland Center for Nonviolence and their contribution to the national conversation around international conflict – and methods for resolving those conflicts nonviolently,” commented USIP President Jim Marshall.

The United States Institute of Peace is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Baghdad, Iraq, and Kabul, Afghanistan.

As part of its congressional mandate, USIP devotes a portion of its budget to support organizations that will advance the field of conflict management by developing new techniques, establishing best practices, and professionalizing the field through education and training. The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP administered by the Institute of International Education.

According to Stratton, “Can We Prevent War?” presents an opportunity to help people understand the ways that international conflict is changing. “The changing nature of war -- moving away from multi-state war to regional war and civil war – sets the stage for reconsidering the role of other nations and of non-governmental agencies in intervening in conflict and preventing humanitarian disasters, such as occurred in Rwanda, Cambodia, Darfur, and too many others,” he said. 

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###