International Youth Day: My Generation Will Bring Peace to the World

International Youth Day: My Generation Will Bring Peace to the World

Thursday, August 9, 2018

By: Aluel Atem

South Sudan’s Aluel Atem created a women’s development organization, Crown the Woman-South Sudan, and helps other civil society organizations advocating for women and children’s rights. Aluel was one of 25 young civil society leaders from a dozen nations facing violent conflict whom USIP gathered in 2017 for training and...

Youth

Military Crackdown Mars Zimbabwe’s First Post-Mugabe Election

Military Crackdown Mars Zimbabwe’s First Post-Mugabe Election

Monday, August 6, 2018

By: Jonas Claes

Over 80 percent of eligible voters participated in Zimbabwe’s July 30 polls—a tense, reasonably competitive, and possibly historic election. After 37 years of authoritarian rule under former President Robert Mugabe, there was hope for a break with the past, with a halt to the political oppression of opposition members and civil society. But fears loomed large of a return to tyranny when protesting opposition members faced a violent response by the Zimbabwean army shortly after Election Day. 

Electoral Violence

Meeting the Global Threat to Freedom of Religion

Meeting the Global Threat to Freedom of Religion

Thursday, August 2, 2018

By: Susan Hayward ; Melissa Nozell

The first-ever ‘Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom’ demonstrated U.S. commitment to protect those of all faiths and none from persecution. For nearly three decades, USIP has supported religious peacebuilders who work courageously to advocate for the political and social inclusion of those from all faiths, including in places like Iraq, Nigeria, Burma, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.

Religion

What’s in a Name: Burma or Myanmar?

What’s in a Name: Burma or Myanmar?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

By: Andrew Selth; Adam Gallagher

When Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won the historic 2015 elections, some observers wondered if it would resolve one of her country’s most symbolic issues on the international stage: what to call it. Changed by the military government in 1989 from Burma to Myanmar, much of the international community agreed to recognize the name change. Yet, the United States and the United Kingdom, among a small group of countries, continue to use the name Burma. Why?

Global Policy

World Refugee Day: A Young Refugee Reflects on Meeting the Dalai Lama

World Refugee Day: A Young Refugee Reflects on Meeting the Dalai Lama

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

By: Mahmoud Khalil

Mahmoud Khalil, a refugee living in Lebanon, is a Syrian-Palestinian-Algerian student majoring in computer science and working with an international education-focused NGO called Jusoor. He was a key member of a team of young people that founded an innovative education program for out-of-school Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Mahmoud was one of 25 young civil society leaders from a dozen nations facing violent conflict whom USIP gathered in 2017 for training and mentorship with the Nobel peace laureate and spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Human Rights; Youth

Lebanon’s New Election Law Results in Limited Change

Lebanon’s New Election Law Results in Limited Change

Friday, May 11, 2018

By: Mona Yacoubian

On May 6, Lebanon held parliamentary polls—its first in nine years—under a new electoral law. I served as an international observer with the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) mission. It was a unique opportunity to witness firsthand Lebanon’s complex political system. Deployed to Zahle, a multi-confessional district in eastern Lebanon, I gained a deeper appreciation of the election’s enormous challenges and limited bright spots.

Democracy & Governance