Without Inclusion, No Hope for Peace in South Sudan

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Perspectives, Sudan and South Sudan
Without Inclusion, No Hope for Peace in South Sudan

A young girl waves the flag of South Sudan. Photo: Timothy McKulka/USAID This article originally appeared in The Weekly Wonk. When warring parties agree to consider terms for peace, it’s usually a cause for optimism. But as South Sudan’s belligerents mull over a proposed compromise agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hope seems futile. The mediators […]

Foreign Policy: “How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process”

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Afghanistan, Perspectives
Foreign Policy: “How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process”

Photo: AP/Rahmat Gul For the past five years, the Afghan government has sought a peace deal with the Taliban without much to show for the effort. But in the 10 months since President Ashraf Ghani has taken office, the long-stagnant peace process has shown new sparks of life. Negotiators have quietly, sometimes secretly, met with […]

Women in Armed Groups Are More Than Just an Exotic Novelty

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Perspectives
Women in Armed Groups Are More Than Just an Exotic Novelty

This piece originally appeared in Global Post. A female peshmerga fighter in a Kurdish area of Syria. Since 2012, an all-female brigade called the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) has battled the Islamic State in the northern part of the country. (Photo: Niklas Meltio/Corbis/APImages) Open your favorite fashion magazine these days and you may see an […]

Uniting Communities and Law Enforcement in the Fight Against Violent Extremism

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Perspectives
Uniting Communities and Law Enforcement in the Fight Against Violent Extremism

Photo: NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan Growing numbers of young men and women are leaving their homes to join violent extremist groups in Iraq, Syria, and other parts of the globe. National and international policymakers, meanwhile, are struggling to figure out how to stem the tide. As countries develop their plans of action, they must take a […]

Investing In African Women In Times of Peace

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Perspectives, Rwanda
Investing In African Women In Times of Peace

Photo: Kate Holt/AusAID Women often take on different social, political, and economic responsibilities during the upheaval of war. In some cases, after violence ends, they maintain these new roles and claim a larger space in public life. Take Rwanda, for example. In the 20 years after the genocide, women rose to positions of influence. The […]

10 More Ways Syrian Women Are Building Peace and Democracy

10 More Ways Syrian Women Are Building Peace and Democracy

What does bravery look like? What strength and character does it take to risk imprisonment, torture, and even death for the sake of a future you may not see? I know what it looks like. I’ve witnessed it in Syrians of all ages, religions, and ethnicities. I’ve seen it in hundreds of simple and not-so-simple […]

Ambassador Swanee Hunt: 20 Years After Bosnian Peace Accords, Women Still Give Me Hope

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Perspectives
Ambassador Swanee Hunt: 20 Years After Bosnian Peace Accords, Women Still Give Me Hope

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords—which ended the Bosnian war—The Institute for Inclusive Security’s Founder and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, moderated a discussion by senior diplomats reflecting on the international community’s responses to the conflict. As US envoy to Austria from 1993-1997, Ambassador Hunt hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on […]

VIDEO: “How Female FARC Fighters Could Be The Key To Peace In Colombia”

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Perspectives
VIDEO: “How Female FARC Fighters Could Be The Key To Peace In Colombia”

The Colombian civil war is winding down after more than 50 years and 222,000 casualties. How will the country help 8,000 guerrilla fighters transition back into civilian life? A key step will be ensuring that female combatants—who make up 30-40% of the FARC armed forces—are meaningfully integrated in the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration process. In […]

Foreign Policy: “Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?”

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Perspectives
Foreign Policy: “Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?”

After 50-plus years, 222,000 deaths, $9 billion in U.S. aid, and 34 rounds of negotiations, one of the world’s longest civil wars might finally be nearing its end. The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym FARC) have agreed to terms for political participation, land reform, mine clearance, […]

The Five Most Important Insights Hidden In This State Department Report

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in National Action Plans, Perspectives
The Five Most Important Insights Hidden In This State Department Report

In case you missed it, earlier this week, the US Department of State sent a powerful message: that investment in gender equality supports US foreign policy and national security. It publicly released an overview of key accomplishments and challenges encountered while implementing the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security throughout 2014. This […]

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