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      house Committees
      House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
    IntroducedFebruary 25th, 2013

What is it?

According to bill cosponsor Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), this bill would 

establish the United States Department of Peace, a Cabinet-level department in the executive branch of the Federal government dedicated to peacemaking and the study of conditions that are conducive to both domestic and international peace.

The mission of the Department of Peace would be 

to hold peace as an organizing principle; endeavor to promote justice and democratic principles to expand human rights; strengthen non-military means of peacemaking; promote the development of human potential; work to create peace, prevent violence, avoid armed conflict and develop new structures in nonviolent dispute resolution; and take a proactive, strategic approach in the development of policies that promote national and international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, mediation, peaceful resolution of conflict and structured mediation of conflict.


If enacted, the bill has the potential to affect everything from drone strikes to domestic violence to school shootings.


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Of Note:

Among other things, the bill would, according to Rep. Lee

create and establish a Peace Academy, modeled after the military service academies, which will provide a 4 year concentration in peace education. Graduates will be required to serve 5 years in public service in programs dedicated to domestic or international non-violent conflict resolution.


Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013

Official Title

To establish a Department of Peacebuilding.