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Peacebuilding—characterized by strengthened long-term relationships between states, interstate organizations, nations, and individuals—calls for a versatile set of tools that only high-quality education can provide. The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Center for Global Affairs (CGA) has accepted this challenge by developing and providing formal and informal educational programs that equip current and future leaders to enhance the levels of peacefulness worldwide.

Who We Are and What We Do

The Initiative for Peacebuilding Through Education (IPE) serves as a platform where innovative and context-specific educational approaches and materials can be developed that contribute to the reduction of direct and structural violence and to the growth of healthy, sustainable systems of constructive change.

Dr. Thomas Hill is IPE's director and leads the peacebuilding concentration within CGA's MS in Global Affairs (MSGA). Dr. Hill has spent most of the past two decades working on education-focused projects that aim to increase mutual understanding and to delegitimize the use of violence at local, national, and global levels.

Our Focus

IPE is a space for collaboration between faculty members, students, and researchers from NYU and affiliated universities, as well as representatives of international organizations. IPE specifically works to:

  • Harness the intellectual and creative capacity of youth to build more peaceful societies
  • Improve the practice of conflict assessment to contribute to better policy formulation
  • Build vibrant and equitable international partnerships that model best peacebuilding practices
  • Support affiliates to identify, strengthen, and draw upon local capacities for peacebuilding

IPE carries out applied research in partnership with affiliates and conducts public events in New York and abroad that seek to disseminate new knowledge about peacebuilding and to prepare the next generation to serve as effective peacebuilders in their own communities and globally. The peacebuilding concentration within the MS in Global Affairs program is central to IPE’s mission.