Religion is a key factor — for good and for ill — affecting security around the world, from Iraq and Iran to Pakistan and Israel-Palestine. It also plays a leading role in many other conflicts, including those in Congo, Sudan, and Colombia. Serious attention to religious actors and dynamics in...
The U.S. will withdraw the bulk of its forces from Afghanistan by 2014. This transition is fraught with risk for Afghan women, many of whom have benefited for 10 years from greater access to education, health care, and political participation.
Peacebuilders often point to the importance of reaching sustainable peace accords. But few have attempted to examine the world's many comprehensive peace accords, and their myriad provisions, to see what works and what doesn’t. The Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) is a rich source of comparative information about peace agreements and...
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.
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.
In January, in a largely peaceful referendum process, South Sudan voted to become an independent nation. Now work continues to sustain the peace.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
A few years ago, a world without nuclear weapons was only an aspiration. Now it has become a widely accepted goal of international policy. Three nuclear policy experts explain why we must, we can, and we should work toward a world without nuclear weapons.
The late oral historian Studs Terkel used the term "good war" to describe World War II, which many believe met "just war" criteria. How does the war in Afghanistan measure up? Is sending more troops the best thing to do? Is it the right thing to do?