to deadly violence.” The workshop brought together experts in technology, experts in peacebuilding, and people who have worked at the intersections of those two fields on the applications of technology in conflict settings, to consider uses of technology to sense emerging and ongoing conflicts and provide information and analyses that can be used to prevent violent and deadly conflict. As Fred Tipson, special advisor to the Roundtable on Technology, Science, and Peacebuilding (see Box 1-1), asked in his opening

Box 1-1
Roundtable on Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding

The Workshop on Sensing and Shaping Emerging Conflicts was the third of four workshops convened by the Roundtable on Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding. A joint initiative of the National Academy of Engineering and the US Institute of Peace, the roundtable consists of senior executives and experts from government agencies, universities, corporations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). It was established in 2011 to make a measurable and positive impact on conflict management, peacebuilding, and security capabilities by bringing together leaders from the technical and peacebuilding communities. Its principal goals are:

1. To accelerate the application of science and technology to the process of peacebuilding and stabilization;

2. To promote systematic, high-level communication between peacebuilding and technical organizations on the problems faced and the technical capabilities required for successful peacebuilding; and

3. To collaborate in applying new science and technology to the most pressing challenges faced by local and international peacebuilders working in conflict zones.

The first workshop concerned ways to augment agricultural extension systems to serve the purposes of peacebuilding. The second was on enhancing the ability of actors in the peacebuilding community to share information in the interest of solving common problems.a The fourth workshop will be on harnessing systems methods to think more systematically and holistically about peacebuilding problems.


a Summaries of the workshops are available on the NAE website,, and at the USIP website, (May 14, 2013).

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