Prevent War: The Budget Saga Continues

Apr 22, 2011

Budget Update

Last week, Congress passed a budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, and we sent out a special edition of the Prevent War to let you know how funding for peaceful prevention fared. Thank you for your lobbying on the 2011 budget- we had several successes!

Now, we’re turning our attention to the fiscal year 2012 budget process. The House of Representatives recently passed a 2012 budget proposed Representative Paul Ryan (WI) that slashes international affairs spending while increasing the Pentagon budget. The Senate is expected to pass a similar resolution in the coming weeks.

Over the next several months, members of the Appropriations Committees in both the House and Senate will take these numbers and translate them into budgets for specific agencies and programs. As Congress develops a 2012 budget, we must continue to educate members on the importance of investing in innovative tools like the Complex Crises Fund and the Civilian Response Corps to peacefully prevent deadly conflict.

Take Action: Thank your senators and representative for saving the Complex Crises Fund and the U.S. Institute of Peace, and ask them to restore full funding for these important programs in the 2012 fiscal year.

Image: A member of the Civilian Response Corps in Afghanistan, U.S. State Department

Genocide Prevention Month

As Genocide Prevention Month (April) nears its end, the international community continues to commemorate the anniversaries of many genocides. While these observations remind us of the need to improve global capacities for sustainable peace, this month also provides an opportunity to recognize achievements in conflict and genocide prevention thus far. Through grassroots elections monitoring and peacebuilding workshops, communities in Kenya have worked to reduce violence and encourage reconciliation. As Cassidy’s recent blog post discusses, FCNL recently had the opportunity to hear first-hand about reconciliation efforts in Kenyan communities.

Getry Agizah, Quaker colleague and Kenyan peace coordinator, outside of the FCNL office.

Image: Getry Agizah, Quaker colleague and Kenyan peace coordinator, outside of the FCNL office

Take Action: Tell your senators and representative to prioritize genocide prevention in April by introducing bipartisan legislation that strengthens U.S. civilian capacities to prevent genocide and mass atrocities.

Resources

World Bank Urges New Focus on Global Development in Fragile States,” (Julian Borger, The Guardian, 4/11/11)

Appropriators Cut $8 billion from State Department Programs,” (Josh Rogin, The Cable, 4/12/11)

The War on Soft Power,” (Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Foreign Policy, 4/12/11)

Diplomacy and Foreign Aid Survive the Budget Deal, but Only Just,” (Gordon Adams and Rebecca Williams, The Will and the Wallet, 4/18/11)

U.S. Foreign Aid is not a Luxury but a Critical Investment in Global Stability,” (Adam Smith, Jim McDermott, and Bill Clapp, The Seattle Times, 4/17/11)

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