Past Roundtable Workshops and Plenary Sessions


During 2012, the Roundtable sponsored workshops on four subjects (summaries of each workshop are available in the links):


In 2013, the Roundtable held two plenary sessions and a number of smaller, focused workshops. The workshops explored environmental stressors as threats to peace, data sharing for peacekeepers, and technologies for nonviolent civil resistance.


In 2014, the Roundtable focused on the challenge of reaching a wider audience and enlisting broader participation from the business community, international organizations and the academic community.

  • It convened a plenary meeting at the National Academy of Engineering to address the challenges of “Mega-Cities and Urban Peacebuilding.”

  • In addition, USIP held an experts workshop “Technologies for Peacekeepers.” This Workshop occurred in the context of major reviews of peacekeeping by the United Nations and the United States’ expression of strong support for the strengthening of U.N. peacekeeping capabilities and related technology issues.  

The culmination of the USIP-NAE Roundtable partnership was the PeaceTech Summit, titled “Engineering Durable Peace”, which was an all-day program for approximately 200 people at USIP’s headquarters.


On July 8, 2015 the U.S. Institute of Peace and Peacetech Lab co-hosted the 7th meeting of the Roundtable on Technology, Science, and Peacebuilding. Experts from NGOs, start-ups, government, and academia came together to explore frameworks, partnerships, and creative means of financing to scale a peacetech industry. To capture some of the ideas shared that day, we asked participants to finish the phrase, “A peacetech industry will…”

You can find a summary of some highlights from the July 8, 2015 Roundtable meeting here.