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The US Institute of Peace: A Critical History

Michael D. English
The US Institute of Peace: A Critical History
ISBN: 978-1-62637-730-1
ISBN: 978-1-62637-750-9
2018/211 pages/LC: 2018009691
A FirstForumPress Book
"Tells a little-known but fascinating story.... English brings sharp analytical, as well as storytelling, skills to bear on the colonial origins of peace advocacy, the campaign to establish a national peace academy, and the founding and development of the US Institute of Peace."—Richard E. Rubenstein, George Mason University


Long a source of contention and ambiguity in Washington, the US Institute of Peace (USIP) is seen by some as a vital part of the US national security apparatus, by others as a counter to the influence of militarism in US foreign policy, and by still others as an example of fiscal irresponsibility and bureaucratic redundancy—when it is noticed at all. Michael English traces the history of USIP to determine why and how it came into existence, how its mission has changed over time, its successes and its failures, and how it has come to take the shape that it has today.


Michael D. English is adjunct professor in the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.


  • The US Institute of Peace in Crisis.
  • Locating Peace in Colonial America.
  • Early Plans for a Peace Office.
  • Congress and Peace Legislation During the Cold War.
  • The Campaign for a National Peace Academy.
  • The Turbulent Beginnings of the US Institute of Peace.
  • New Wars, New Directions.
  • The Continuing Debate.