Tuesday, March 01, 2011

US Institute for Peace under threat

The Washington Post  blogger Ezra Klein draws attention to the danger of short-term economies undoing long-term goals:

Erik Voeten notes that the one governmental institution dedicated to advancing our       understanding of how to resolve international conflict non-violently is likely to get its funding cut: The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to cut nearly all funding to the United States Institute of Peace(USIP).  

And Fr Ted Hesburgh comments that if the United States is serious about peacemaking, "its citizens and national leaders must defend the institutions that are doing the hard work of transitioning societies from war to peace. The U.S. Institute for Peace should have a permanent home in the nation's capital from which to teach, inspire and prepare current and future generations of peacemakers - and to be a symbol of America's commitment to reducing violent international conflict in the 21st century."