"I first learned about Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping working with Nonviolence Peaceforce in South Sudan. Having studied conflict and seen the impact of post-conflict zones years after civil war ended, I found it extremely eyeopening to not only learn the theory behind UCP methods, but using those methods on the ground and seeing it work on the ground during violent conflict proved to me that it works. For me, its value lies within the flexibility of the methods, and the ability to adapt those methods when the situation changes. Theories of conflict resolution talk about the value of not using "cookie cutter" approaches to conflict, but unfortunately on the ground this is often the case. I was able to see the importance of that flexibility when civil war broke out in South Sudan and the situation rapidly changed from post-conflict to emergency overnight, and the adaptability of UCP to changing circumstances and potential for intervening in differing, escalating types of violent scenarios. As a conflict professional, being able to teach UCP methods to all aspects of communities living with daily violence, and having them understand and get excited about its uses for their own community safety, was incredible, particularly considering the militarized nature of that country and the history of conflict that people had endured. I am so excited that UCP methods are being researched more thoroughly and being taught to a wider audience in order to expand how we see conflict and potential future uses. As a peacekeeper, I know that they work."