Experts from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) discuss the meaning of the term "rule...
The United States Institute of Peace Act, passed by the Congress and signed into law in 1984, established the Institute as a federally funded national institution chartered to "serve the American people and the federal government through the widest possible range of education and training, basic and applied research opportunities, and peace information services on the means to promote international peace and the resolution of conflicts among the nations and peoples of the world without recourse to violence." The campaign to establish an Institute had begun a decade earlier, when the idea of a national peace academy was first brought to the Senate floor following recommendations by a commission appointed by President Jimmy Carter and chaired by Senator Spark Matsunaga. The legislation establishing the United States Institute of Peace was formally signed into law in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan.
In 1996, the U.S. Congress, recognizing the Institute's contributions to international conflict management, authorized the Navy to transfer jurisdiction of federal land—a portion of its Potomac Annex facility on Navy Hill—as the site of the permanent headquarters of the United States Institute of Peace.
The Global Peacebuilding Center extends USIP’s educational work to new and younger audiences in fulfillment of USIP's mandate from Congress.