Civic Education and Peacebuilding: Examples from Iraq and Sudan

Author data: 
Daniel Levine and Linda S. Bishai
Publication Date: 
October 2010
Description: 
USIP Special Report
Project: 
Civil Violence Project
Document Type: 
Articles and Op-Eds

Between 2006 and 2010, the United States Institute of Peace developed several civic education programs for Iraq and Sudan as part of broader efforts to promote postconflict stability and development and help prevent a return to violence. This report describes those programs after first examining the conceptual bases for civic education and how they differ from and overlap with human rights. It also discusses various challenges civic education programs face in postconflict environments and suggests several ways to overcome these challenges, as illustrated in the cases of Iraq and Sudan.