May 2016 — The UN Charter links the goal of international peace to “conditions of economic and social progress and development.” Teachers, political leaders and scholars have long recognized that economic development is inextricably linked to the prevention and cessation of armed conflict. This issue of Peace Policy explores contemporary connections between development and peace.
March 2016 — The Intercept’s release of leaked documents about the U.S. drone program and a controversial attempt to defend drone warfare by former CIA Director Michael Hayden have raised new questions about the ethical and strategic implications of using these weapons. The following essays examine the findings of the Intercept documents, question some of the ethical arguments that are made on behalf of drone warfare, and refute many of the claims in Hayden’s defense of U.S. policy.
November 2015 — The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, an international organization created to maintain international peace and security while upholding fundamental human rights. The organization has witnessed many challenges since its creation, succeeding in some cases while failing in others. This issue of Peace Policy examines the history of the United Nations, its current role, and opportunities in the years to come.
October 2015 — The Iran nuclear agreement was concluded in Vienna on July 14, 2015, after years of negotiations between a group of six nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, and Germany) and the government of Iran. Following approval from the UN Security Council and U.S. Congress, the Iranian parliament consented to the deal on October 4. This issue of Peace Policy explores the framework of the deal and the implications of alternative options for engaging with Iran.
May 2015 — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the major U.S. military escalation in Vietnam and the 40th anniversary of the war’s end.
January 2015 — Colombia is drawing closer to a negotiated settlement that may end its half-century of violent conflict. Researchers and practitioners deeply engaged in the Colombian peace process — including the 3 writers of this month's Peace Policy, have found that academic research, when applied to the ongoing negotiations, has provided tangible guidance to the many actors working to achieve peace.
Nov. 2014 — The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a clear and present danger to international security. It must be stopped. The question is how. President Obama said there are no military solutions to this crisis, but he has sent U.S. soldiers back to Iraq, launched air strikes there and in Syria, and ordered a doubling of U.S. troop levels in Iraq to 3,100. What’s missing so far from the U.S. response is a coherent plan for using diplomacy and political measures to weaken ISIS and halt the spread of violence in the region.
Sept. 2014 — During the intense days of "Operation Protective Edge," in an atmosphere of intimidation within Israel, thousands of Israelis nonetheless flooded the main squares of cities protesting the occupation of Palestinian territories and the massacres in Gaza. Prospects for ending the conflict and securing justice may seem more distant than ever, but Palestinian solidarity activism, Israeli voices declaring "Not in My Name," and Pope Francis's call for reconciliation offer pathways toward peace.
May 2014 — Fifty-one years ago, Pope John XXIII issued his encyclical Pacem in Terris, which declared that “the arms race should cease” and urged that “all come to an agreement on a fitting program of disarmament.” It is time for a fresh examination of the moral and ethical issues involved in nuclear disarmament.
March 2014 - International peacekeeping missions have become more robust and multi-dimensional, involving diverse civilian and military actors. At the same time, civil society and regional organizations are taking on increasingly important roles in peacebuilding and development.