Middle East & North Africa

While the characteristics of violence in the Middle East differ, the root causes remain the same – it is a learned behavior that can be unlearned. The Cure Violence Model has been adapted to treat violence in Iraq and Syria and is actively pursuing possible new programming in Syria, the West Bank, and Israel.


In 2015, Cure Violence began working with a coalition of Syrian civil society organizations that has as goals to promote a peaceful Syria, to provide training and related support to individuals and organizations from Syria in civilian protection and to train Syrian community leaders using the Cure Violence interruption methodologies.

In 2013, Cure Violence trained over 100 participants in conflict mediation, behavior change, and norm change.  Over 70% of the participants reported using the Cure Violence methodology to interrupt violence in their hometowns within three months of the trainings.  New trainings and programming are being planned for 2018.


Cure Violence implemented a program in Iraq from 2008 to 2013. It was implemented through partners in five sites – three in Basrah and two sites in Sadr City-Baghdad.  The program resulted in close to 1,000 interruptions and over 14,000 people reached through outreach activities.

The partnership utilized personal relationships, presence in Iraq and cultural familiarity and Cure Violence’s innovative methods of reducing urban violence – specifically our approach of using credible messengers who are not representatives of the authorities but are respected in their neighborhoods and have clout with potentially violent elements. In Iraq, these credible messengers are people with the right connections in the religious, tribal and ethnic communities as the violence facing Iraqi communities is largely inter-tribal, inter-militia, sectarian or domestic.

West Bank

A network of individuals have been trained in Cure Violence methodologies in Hebron, Nablus, Jenin, Bethlehem and E. Jerusalem.  Several dozen interruptions of violence have taken place within months of the training.

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