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International Alert is an independent peacebuilding organisation founded in 1986. At present, it works in over 25 countries and territories.
Countries and regions
In Rwanda, International Alert has been holding dialogue clubs to reconcile victims and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide.
In February 2016, International Alert and UNICEF published a study revealing that girls and women released from captivity by Nigeria's insurgency group Boko Haram often face rejection by their communities and families. The findings were widely quoted by the media.   
In the South Caucasus, Alert works with people affected by conflict, attempting to challenge attitudes and foster peace. The organisation has also established a regional business network.
In Colombia, Alert works with companies, governments and civil society in an attempt to strengthen the capacities for peacebuilding through the integration of conflict-sensitivity and human rights in policies, standards and practices.
Middle East and North Africa
In May 2016, Alert published a study on the motives of young Syrians for joining extremist groups in the region . The organisation has also published work about the relationship between Tunisia’s youth and the country’s representative democracy .
South and Southeast Asia
In South and Southeast Asia, Alert works with local people to improve public security and access to justice, and advises on how businesses can operate in a conflict-sensitive way.
In Europe, Alert attempts to address community tensions and violence in the UK, and trains European government officials on their role in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
International Alert's work is underpinned the understanding of these issues:
- Citizenship and the state
- Crime, violence and instability
- Economic development
- Climate change
- Natural resource management
- Community relations.
International Alert's current CEO is Harriet Lamb. The organisation is led by a Board of Trustees made up of eleven members from around the world, and a four-person Senior Management Team. It is divided into teams working on peacebuilding and development issues in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa.
The organisation has been led by three Secretaries General and, since 2015 a CEO, as well as three acting Secretaries General.
- Martin Ennals — 1986–1990
- Leah Levin — acting SG 1991
- Kumar Rupesinghe — 1992–1997
- Martin Honeywell — acting SG 1998
- Kevin P. Clements — 1999–2003
- Dan Smith — 2003–2015
- Phil Vernon — acting SG 2015
- Harriet Lamb — 2015–Present
- Chris Mullin (Chair), UK
- Chris Deri, USA
- Padma Jyoti, Nepal
- Helena Puig Larrauri, Spain
- Gordana Duspara Moriarty, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Alaa Murabit, Libya/ Canada
- Funmi Olonisakin, Nigeria/ UK
- Soli Ӧzel, Turkey
- Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Sri Lanka
- Gregor Stewart (Honorary Treasurer), UK
- Carol Allen Storey, USA
Notable former trustees
- Amir Bhatia (1994–2003)
- Marianne Heiberg (1997–2004)
- Swanee Hunt (2003–2006)
- Michael Ignatieff (2000–2001)
- Joel Joffe (1994–2000)
- Frank Judd (1993–2000; Chair 1997-2000)
- Pauline Neville-Jones (2000–2004)
- N. Barney Pityana (1990–1991)
- Jan Pronk (2003–2004)
- Desmond Tutu (1986–1993)
- Stanley Wolpert (1986–1991)
- Michael Young (1986–1988)
- Edward Clay (2010-2016)
- Pierre Schori (2010-2016)
- Frida Nokken (2006-2012)
- Brendan O'Leary, (2005-2011)
- J. R. Nereus O. Acosta (2008-2014)
- Michela Wrong
- Conflict early warning
- United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) — a global NGO and youth network dedicated to the role of youth in peacebuilding
- International Alert
- Alert's Latest Publications
- Alert's Annual Report 2015
- Alert on Facebook
- Alert on Twitter
- Alert's YouTube Channel