Atrocity Prevention through Dialogue

1 September 2016

Dialogue with violent extremist groups is a controversial practice, even when used to prevent widespread violence or atrocities.

Humanitarian dialogue may serve as a crisis-mitigation instrument, offering short-term relief and civilian protection. When the risk of atrocities is remote, political dialogue can be used for structural or upstream prevention aimed at conflict resolution or addressing community grievances.

After a series of interviews and roundtable discussions on the subject with policymakers, practitioners, and academics with expertise in the area of dialogue with nonstate armed groups, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) released its report on reassessing the utitlity of dialogue as a means of prevention measures.

See the full report here.

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