How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process

How to Fix Afghanistan’s Broken Peace Process

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. 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 […]

US Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism Must Prioritize Women

US Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism Must Prioritize Women

This article was originally published by The Weekly Wonk and syndicated in Pacific Standard. “We announce our allegiance to the Caliph.” With those words, Abubakar Shekau—the leader of Boko Haram—reportedly acknowledged ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and made official a connection that many have observed growing during the last year between Boko Haram and the […]

Why Women’s Leadership is Key to Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Posted by on June 10, 2014
Why Women’s Leadership is Key to Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Indian policewomen stand in formation during their deployment as UN peacekeepers in Liberia. Since 2007, India has sent annual rotations of all-female police units to help restore peace and security to the formerly war-torn country. Globally, women now make up about 10 percent of police personnel in UN peacekeeping missions. This post was co-authored by […]

Determining if Progress Will Prevail or Peril: The Role for Women in Defining Afghanistan’s Future

Determining if Progress Will Prevail or Peril: The Role for Women in Defining Afghanistan’s Future

This article was originally published by The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. After twelve years in Afghanistan, U.S.-led coalition forces are drawing down their presence. Despite a mixed track record, they leave behind a reformed nation. More than eight million children are now in school, up from 900,000 in 2001. Maternal and infant mortality rates […]

Congress Finally Delivers for Women in the Afghan National Security Forces

Posted by on December 21, 2013
Congress Finally Delivers for Women in the Afghan National Security Forces

This article was originally published by The Daily Beast. Fifty-three billion and change. That’s how much the U.S. has spent to build, train, equip, and sustain the Afghan National Security Forces. Still, this support hasn’t resulted in a military that is inclusive, representative, or capable of addressing the security needs of all Afghans—men and women […]

The Time Is Ripe for a National Dialogue on Reconciliation

The Time Is Ripe for a National Dialogue on Reconciliation

This article was originally published by Huffington Post. After the tragic assassination of the head of the High Peace Council — Professor Burnahuddin Rabbani — in late September, many pundits took to the airwaves, blogosphere, and Twitterverse to predict the death of the reconciliation effort in Afghanistan. While the brazen killing was undoubtedly designed to […]