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USIP articles, publications, and tools provide the latest news, analysis, research findings, practitioner guides, and reports from the conflict zones that are at the center of the Institute’s work to prevent and reduce violent conflict.

Latest Articles & Analysis

June 2016
By
Fred Strasser
More than a half-century of internal warfare in Colombia is on the brink of a peaceful resolution after four years of talks that suggest how other seemingly intractable conflicts in the world also might be brought to an end. With the announcement yesterday of a ceasefire between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), the adversaries in one of the world’s oldest guerilla insurgencies disclosed new agreements on the two major issues that were holding up a final accord — disarmament and demobilization of the rebels’ estimated 8,000 fighters.
June 2016
By
USIP Staff
The traditional Muslim call to prayer echoed across USIP’s atrium yesterday evening as the institute ushered in its third annual Iftar, marking the breaking of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan. But it wasn’t just one imam’s voice. Instead, five Muslim clerics and a poetry reader from six traditions—Senegalese, Syrian, Pakistani, Iranian, Turkish and Moroccan—represented the theme of the event: The Islamic Mosaic.
June 2016
By
Nancy Lindborg
John Norris told Foreign Policy readers that the Istanbul conference would be irrelevant. It wasn’t.
June 2016
By
Andrew Blum
Those of us who work in peacebuilding are constantly reminded that the challenges we confront are big and the resources we command are small. So there is both a practical and an ethical obligation to use those resources wisely and be certain of their value. Toward that end, a little over four years ago, USIP asked me to become the organization’s first director of learning and evaluation. At its core, my job description was simple: help the Institute use evidence to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
June 2016
By
Fred Strasser
After 15 years of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, the strategic importance of avoiding harm to civilians is an inescapable lesson that policymakers need to fully integrate in American doctrine, planning and training, say the authors of a new report. The report offers “practical, pragmatic, concrete recommendations” to strengthen U.S. military operations overseas by averting losses to civilians and their communities, said former Undersecretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy in a public discussion at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
June 2016
By
Fred Strasser
The United Nations Security Council recently addressed a force quietly shaping the world: a generation of young people that, numbering 1.8 billion between the ages of 10 to 24, is the largest in history, and has enormous potential to build peace amid the violence that so often rocks their world. The council’s resolution on youth, peace and security was the first to deal with the role of young people on these issues. The hard work now is to turn the resolution’s words into reality, H.E. Ahmad Alhendawi, the secretary-general’s first envoy on youth, said this week at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
June 2016
By
Cameron Glenn
Across the United States, Muslims swiftly denounced the June 12 attack on a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed more than four dozen people and injured 53. "This is a hate crime plain and simple," said Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "We condemn it in the strongest possible terms." The worst mass shooting in U.S. history also drew condemnation from Muslim nations and Islamist parties around the world. American Muslims also expressed solidarity with the LGBTQ community. 
June 2016
By
USIP Staff
A day after the United States’ deadliest-ever mass shooting, the Dalai Lama led a Washington audience in a silent prayer for peace. But he said prayers will be ineffective without “serious action” to erode religious and other communal divisions. Building peace in and among nations requires improved education, leadership by youth and women, and “personal contact” among people of disparate groups, the Buddhist spiritual leader said. “We have to live on this small planet… with a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood,” he said at the U.S. Institute of Peace. “There is no other choice.”
June 2016
By
Virginia M. Bouvier and Lisa Haugaard
The tragedy of the “disappeared” in Colombia’s more than half-century of internal war cuts across the entire society. Among those who were forcibly seized and then vanished without further information are labor leaders and journalists, peasant organizers and politicians, urban and rural citizens. Soldiers and guerrillas are missing, too. The perpetrators include right-wing paramilitaries, leftist rebels and government security forces. In few other conflicts has the tactic of disappearance been so pervasive or persistent over so many years.
June 2016
Princeton N. Lyman, senior advisor to the president at USIP, testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy.

Latest Publications and Tools

June 2016
By
Sherine N. El Taraboulsi
Cross-border transactions have been shaping the Libyan civil and political landscape for decades. However, desk research and field interviews in Tunisia reveal that interventions for peacebuilding are not fully accounting for these transactions or other regional activities.
June 2016
By
Ketty Anyeko, Kim Thuy Seelinger & Julie Freccero
Local practitioners who work with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) on a daily basis during peacetime also play a vital role in accountability for conflict-period SGBV.
June 2016
By
Courtney J. Fung
Initially opposed to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), China has become a consistent advocate of the principle, endorsing its application in multiple countries while urging a constrained, multilateral approach to the use of force.
June 2016
By
Jumaina Siddiqui and Sehar Tariq
In the past few years, there has been an increase in funding for civil society organizations for the goal of countering violent extremism (CVE).
May 2016
By
Scott Smith and Colin Cookman, editors
Since 2001, Afghanistan’s political and social landscape has changed dramatically. However, international state-strengthening interventions have arguably had mixed results.
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May 2016
By
Ali A. Jalali
In the past fourteen years, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have developed into a collection of professional institutions that are both committed to their mission and highly respected.
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May 2016
Five years after Libya’s dictator Moammar Gadhafi was deposed in a popular revolution, the country remains trapped in a spiral of deteriorating security, economic crisis, and political deadlock.
May 2016
South Sudan seceded from Sudan following decades of conflict and a referendum for independence in 2011. Just 18 months later, a power struggle between the new state’s president and vice president erupted into civil war.
May 2016
Sudan is struggling to emerge from decades of violent conflict and build lasting peace throughout the country. In late 2015 and early 2016, violence surged in Darfur, displacing tens of thousands of civilians.
May 2016
By
Paula M. Rayman, Seth Izen and Emily Parker
The United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325 fifteen years ago. The resolution addresses the disproportionate impact war has on women and reaffirms their important role in conflict management, conflict resolution, and sustainable peace processes.

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