Peace Action Network (PAN) was created in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, to engage members from across conflict regions in the Middle East, India/Pakistan, North America, and elsewhere. By establishing bonds and working together, PAN has achieved historic breakthroughs.
PAN creates Peace Action Forums run by a trained moderator, to facilitate open dialogue between “opposing sides” e.g. Arab and Israeli members and Indian and Pakistani members. These Forums resulted in increased understanding as communication between these peers was made possible in a confidential environment. Actions of the Indo-Pak Forum in 2003 led to a visit to Pakistan by 133 Indian YPOers and catalyzed the first in-person meeting in three years between Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, diffusing nuclear tensions on the sub-continent.
PAN seeks to continually break down barriers by promoting open dialogues to dispel pre-conceived notions and stereotypes. In addition, PAN has created Forums focusing on Israel/Palestine, U.S./Middle East, Jewish, Arab and Muslim-Americans (JAMA), Jewish Arab and Muslim Spouses (JEMS), Greece/Turkey, and Turkey/Armenia.
PAN partners with organizations involved with conflict resolution and peace building across the globe.