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Senate Recognizes Institute of Peace as National Resource on Its 20th Anniversary
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
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Resolution sponsored by Senators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), John Warner (R-Virginia), and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) honors the Institute on the 20th anniversary of its establishment.
WASHINGTON—On July 22, the Senate approved S. Con Res. 109, which honors the United States Institute of Peace on the 20th anniversary of its establishment. Sponsored by Senators Daniel Inouye (D-HI), John Warner (R-VA), and Tom Harkin (D-IA), the resolution underscores the role of the Institute as a "source of innovative ideas and practical policy analysis on peacemaking in zones of conflict around the world."
In introducing the resolution, Senator Inouye called the Institute "a unique national treasure," and added that it has been “a pioneer in promoting the study and application of non-military approaches to the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict." He noted that the Institute of Peace "has played key roles facilitating the management of critical conflict situations. . ." during its 20-year history, and is currently utilizing its expertise in Iraq.
The resolution recognizes the Congressional founders of the Institute, including the late Senators Spark Matsunaga of Hawaii and William Jennings Randolph of West Virginia, among many others. Senator Inouye observed that these founders, who "supported elevating the importance of peace education in our national dialogue, would be proud of the way the Institute has grown and adapted to the ever-changing world."
The resolution acknowledges the educational work of the Institute both in developing curricula in conflict zones and in attracting new generations of U.S. high school students to the international affairs field. It also points to the importance of the Institute’s work in training thousands of government officials, military and law enforcement personnel, and humanitarian workers in the conflict resolution skills critical to peacemaking. The Institute is also acknowledged for its research, grant making, public education, and unique focus on rule of law and religious dialogue. In addition, the resolution highlights the Institute’s applied work in zones of conflict around the world—the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Afghanistan, and Iraq—where it is currently very active in post-conflict stabilization and peacebuilding efforts.
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