Newark resident Jiaxuan Liu has earned a $1,000 academic scholarship

Yesterday the United States Institute of Peace announced that Newark resident Jiaxuan Liu is the winner of the 2014 National Peace Essay Contest for Delaware and has earned a $1,000 academic scholarship.

Jiaxuan’s essay, “Security Sector Reform: Way to Peace,” examined how security sector reform contributes to sustainable peace.

Each year, the NPEC scholarship competition challenges students to think about international conflict issues related to the Institute’s work.  Around the world, USIP helps to build professional, sustainable and locally-supported security institutions that promote democracy and the rule of law by assisting U.S. and foreign governments in reform efforts and developing cadres of experts through education and training.

Engaging young people – the next generation of leaders – is a key part of the Institute’s mission, according to a press release. With programs like the essay contest, on-site educational programs,, and the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators, the Institute’s Global Peacebuilding Center works to empower young people with the skills needed to become engaged global citizens who understand the connections between their lives and the lives of people around the world.

A complete list of the 2014 NPEC state winners and honorable mentions is available online.

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict through nonviolent means. USIP works to save lives, increase the government's ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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