Using proven strategies of unarmed civilian peacekeeping (UCP), NP provides for a non-partisan, paid civilian peacekeeping force that fosters dialogue among parties in conflict and provides a protective presence for threatened civilians.
With the headquarters in Brussels, and the North American office in Minneapolis, NP presently deploys peacekeeping teams in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, South Sudan, the South Caucasus, and Myanmar/Burma. Our peacekeepers include veterans of conflict zones, experienced peacekeepers, and those new to the field with the right combination of experience, skills, aptitude and attitude. All go through intensive training both before entering a country, and then again, in-country. Within every combat zone we are invited to enter, the NP teams live in the community along-side the local people, providing protection and training, while offering a safety zone for negotiations by all parties to take place.
NP wants to achieve three overarching goals:
• To train and deploy teams skilled in UCP, to learn from its field projects, and to build a body of expertise regarding large-scale nonviolent peacekeeping ;
• To demonstrate to decision makers, opinion leaders, public institutions and citizens the productive role and impact that nonviolent international presence makes in areas of conflict and
• To share its lessons learned with the international community to advance the theory and practice of UCP.