About Us

The International Institute for Peace (IIP) is a UNESCO Category II organization dedicated to the promotion of research and education on peacebuilding and conflict transformation through nonviolent struggle, and the cultivation of a culture of peace.  The IIP builds partnerships locally and globally by working with grassroots organizations, youth leaders, activists, artists, journalists, educators and researchers to promote peacebuilding, nonviolent conflict transformation, and a just and sustainable peace. 

Founded in 2011 the IIP is based at Rutgers University, Newark, which is annually ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the most diverse national university in the country.  We are located in Newark, New Jersey, a 20-minute train ride from midtown Manhattan.  The IIP is part in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and is synergistically connected with the graduate program in Peace and Conflict Studies.



Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) The core of CANVAS’s work is to spread knowledge about “people power” to the world and explain the potential of nonviolent struggle in promoting freedom, democracy and human rights. Funding is available through the IIP for students at Rutgers University, Newark to participate as interns at the headquarters of CANVAS in Belgrade, Serbia. Contact the IIP for details.
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict The IIP collaborates with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict to promote research and education on civil resistance.  Each fall we offer an online graduate and professional level course, People Power: The Study of Strategic Nonviolent Resistance.  The course is six weeks long and credit is available through the Graduate School, Rutgers University, Newark.  APPLY NOW
Nonviolence International

Funded in part by a Rutgers University Chancellor’s Seed Grant, the IIP is collaborating with Nonviolence International to create the Nonviolence International – Rutgers University International Institute for Peace Digital Library of training manuals on nonviolent resistance. Drawing from Nonviolence International’s vast collection, the digital library will include material from the 1960s onward used in a wide variety of struggles, from the Anti-Nuclear, Peace and Civil Rights movements to Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring, and Black Lives Matter.  The digital library will include annotation and key word and text search capabilities and will be continually updated through the inclusion of material used in manifestations of people power across the globe

Waging Nonviolence

Waging Nonviolence is a leading source for original news and analysis about struggles for justice and peace around the globe. Ordinary people build power using nonviolent strategies and tactics every day, even under the most difficult of circumstances, yet these stories often go unnoticed or misunderstood by a corporate media fixated on violence and celebrity. Since 2009, Waging Nonviolence has been reporting on these people-powered struggles and helping their participants learn from one another.

The founders and editors of Waging Nonviolence, Bryan Farrell and Eric Stoner, teamed with the IIP’s Professor Kurt Schock to teach a course on Civil Resistance and Social Justice: Theory, Practice, Technology & Media, for the innovative Honors Living-Learning Community at Rutgers University, Newark.  

Waging Nonviolence provides internships for students at Rutgers University, Newark. Contact the IIP for details.

Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI)

The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative is a non-governmental organization with international scope and reach, founded by IIP Co-Founder and Chairman, Forest Whitaker in 2012. WPDI develops an array of peace-building programs, initiatives and campaigns to foster peace and reconciliation in disadvantaged and fragile communities in the different regions of the world, including Africa, Latin America and the United States.

Working in close cooperation with international organizations, civil society, grassroots organizations, and a network of experts, the WPDI promotes youth empowerment, cultural diversity, continuous learning, capacity building, and access to internet connectivity and digital technologies. Projects include on-the-ground programs combining education, life and wellness skills and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for peace and development, broadcast series, social events, as well as awareness campaigns. One of the most innovative features of the projects is the mobilization of the power of youth through a package that includes capacity-building and development, connectivity, support to economic and cultural community projects with a view to strengthening local communities, impacted by conflict, armed violence, insecurity, ethnic tensions as well as limited opportunities for socio-political development.

Funding is available through the IIP for qualified graduate students at Rutgers University, Newark to participate as interns in projects run by the WPDI.  Contact the IIP for details.