Global Fragility Act
The Global Fragility Act would require the U.S. government – in collaboration with civil society – to develop a 10-year strategy to enhance stability and to reduce violence and fragility globally.
Texts and Sponsors
House of Representatives: H.R. 2116
House sponsors include Representatives Engel (D-NY), McCaul (R-TX), A. Smith (D-WA), Wagner (R-MO), Keating (D-MA), Rooney (R-FL), Lieu (D-CA), Wright (R-TX), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Malinowski (D-NJ).
H.R. 2116 passed the House of Representatives on May 20, 2019.
Senate sponsors include Senators Coons (D-DE), Graham (R-SC), Merkley (D-OR), Rubio (R-FL), Young (R-IN), Baldwin (D-WI), Casey (D-PA), Boozman, (R-AR), Markey (D-MA), Cardin (D-MD), and Gardner (R-CO).
If passed, the GFA will require the administration to:
- Launch a “Global Fragility Initiative (House) or Strategy (Senate),” the first-ever whole-of-government effort to address the risks of fragility by stabilizing conflict-affected areas and preventing violence and conflict globally;
- Identify where fragility poses the greatest threats to civilian security and select those countries or regions where the U.S. will pilot innovative diplomatic and programmatic action in support of the Global Fragility Initiative/Strategy;
- Improve its ability to measure, evaluate, and assess efforts to stabilize conflict-affected areas and prevent violence and fragility;
- Report to the Congress and the American people on a biennial basis on which tools are most effective for stabilizing and preventing conflict; and
- Authorize existing funds to support the Initiative/Strategy.
In the Press
- To bolster conflict prevention, US House passes Global Fragility Act, by Teresa Welsh (Devex)
- US congressman calls for foreign policy focused on prevention, by Adva Saldinger (Devex)
Local/Regional News and Events
- EAD 2019 stirs up ‘good trouble’ for healing of national and global problems, Alicia Bateman (Church of the Brethren)
- Faith in the Public Square: Global Fragility, by Walter Ayers (Albany Times Union)
- Austin, TX Event Recording: Preventing Conflict: The Role Of Diplomacy & Development in Reducing Insecurity
- Showing ‘what advocacy is’ keeps Presbyterians coming back to Washington event (Presbyterian Outlook)
- In Seattle talk, former ambassador to Afghanistan explains strategy to combat extremism in ‘fragile states’, by Hal Bernton (The Seattle Times)
- Coons, senators introduce bill to combat international extremism (Dover Post)
- Aid to fight poverty can lessen the refugee issue, by Tanisha Mali (Austin American-Statesman)
- Fund sharing and fragility in spotlight at Africa policy congressional hearing, by Adva Saldinger (Devex)
- What Have We Learned, 25 Years After the Rwandan Genocide?, by Mike Brand & Claude Gatebuke (The Nation)
- Global Fragility Act Introduced in Congress, by Ava Gambero (Borgen Magazine)
- What is fragility and why does it matter in the fight against extreme poverty?, by Emily Huie (ONE Campaign)
- An innovative new tool to help fragile states is in reach, by Sadof Alexander (ONE Campaign)
- A Promising US Fragile States Strategy is Taking Shape, but Key Questions Remain, by Sarah Rose (Center for Global Development)
- Sixteen years later, let’s finally heed the call of the 9/11 Commission, by Richmond Blake (The Hill)
- Burden of battling extremism calls for new multilateral fund, US task force says, by Teresa Walsh (Devex)
- Bill to thwart violent extremism introduced in Senate, by Dave Kovaleski (Homeland Preparedness News)
- House Cosponsors on Introduction
- Senate Cosponsors on Introduction
- McCaul in Support of House-Passed Global Fragility Act and Other Bipartisan Measures on the House Floor
- Engel’s Global Fragility Passed by House
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