January 2012 — The U.S. government’s list of “Foreign Terrorist Organizations” is a central part of a counter-terrorism strategy based on the isolation of individuals and groups who espouse violence defined as terrorism. Peacebuilding, on the other hand, proposes a strategy of engagement and deliberative dialogue, inclusive of all views.
December 2011 — President Obama has declared that the U.S. is committed to creating “the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." Some progress has been achieved in negotiated arms reduction, but many in Washington cling to old ways of thinking.
October 2011 — In March 2011, the UN Security Council authorized a no-fly zone over Libya. What began as a limited mission to prevent a massacre quickly morphed into a policy of armed regime change.
July 2011 — The enormity of what the Egyptian people have accomplished is breathtaking. The Mubarak dictatorship was brought down in just 18 days through unarmed mass revolution. It was the largest outpouring of mass civil resistance in human history.
April 2011 — In January, in a largely peaceful referendum process, South Sudan voted to become an independent nation. Now work continues to sustain the peace.
March 2011 —In the past 25 years, the U.S. and Russia have reduced nuclear weapon stocks from 70,000 to fewer than 22,000. The New Start treaty will bring this number down even more. A number of new opportunities are converging to provide the basis for a future without nuclear weapons.
November 2010 — As the scale of the military intervention in Afghanistan has increased, so has violence and the influence of the Taliban. Reversing this deadly dynamic will require a new approach to security, one that includes strong support for the enhanced status and well-being of Afghan women.
September 2010 — International law and time-honored ethical traditions prohibit the targeting of civilians in wars. Yet in most recent conflicts, more civilians — women, children, elderly people, and noncombatant men — have been killed than soldiers.
May 2010 – Religious communities around the world exercise extraordinary influence on every aspect of life, including government, education, health care, business, and culture. These groups include virulent anti-American extremists as well as devout ‘militants for peace and justice.’ In the middle are millions of believers who would welcome an open palm from the United States rather than a clenched fist.
April 2010 – Around the world, military troops and civilian peacebuilders are overlapping and sharing space in unprecedented ways. This interaction is raising complex questions and fresh dilemmas, which have only begun to be addressed.