Nonviolent Peaceforce is a leader in the innovative practice of unarmed civilian peacekeeping, working to reduce violence and protect civilians in some of the world's most troubled conflict-affected environments. On February 2, 2011, Nonviolent Peaceforce Country Directors Atif Hameed and Tiffany Easthom came to speak on the work that Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is doing and the evolving conflict context in South Sudan, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Tiffany and Atif shared analysis on current conflict context, civilian protection needs and how unarmed civilian peacekeeping is an effective, relevant complement to and alternative for force protection.
In southern Sudan, NP is working to contribute to stabilization, the de-escalation of violence and the protection of civilians during the referendum period and what is predicted to be the birth of the world's newest state. NP is engaged in border monitoring and civilian protection, notably at the disputed north/south border area. In the Philippines, NP is enhancing the capacity of the structures in the conflict area of Mindanao, working to strengthen the civil society structures in ensuring the safety and security of civilians. Being one of the front line INGOs, NP Philippines has been invited to play an official role in the monitoring of the cease fire agreement in Mindanao.