Billy Graham: Unbound by Borders

Billy Graham: Unbound by Borders

Friday, February 23, 2018

By: Susan Hayward

The Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday, was never one to remain bound by borders. His religious faith was both the engine that drove him personally, and the portal through which he touched and swayed millions of people. Graham’s legacy on matters of violent conflict, and the social injustices that underlie them, is deeply mixed—and human. But his six-decade career shows us the unremitting power of religious faith to influence people’s attitudes and actions. And at key moments, Graham’s career showed how religious leaders can promote peace.

Religion

Donors Support Iraq, but There’s More Work to Be Done

Donors Support Iraq, but There’s More Work to Be Done

Thursday, February 15, 2018

By: Ahmed Twaij

This week’s international donors’ conference on the rebuilding of Iraq produced pledges of up to a third of the estimated $88.2 billion cost in loan guarantees and aid, as the United States and other governments pushed for private, rather than government, funds to fill the need. Governments offered as much as $30 billion in aid, about $25 billion of that as credits. While news reports focused heavily on the gap between the needs listed by the government and the offers from donors, the amounts pledged reflect continued international support for Abadi and Iraq.

Violent Extremism; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Tribute to Gene Sharp

Tribute to Gene Sharp

Monday, February 5, 2018

By: Maria J. Stephan

Gene Sharp was a giant the field of civil resistance whose voluminous writings have inspired and informed the work of academics, practitioners, and activists the world over. His role in advancing human rights, fundamental freedoms, and social justice around the world cannot be over-estimated. Few scholars have had such a profound impact on the course of human events as Gene Sharp. He will be greatly missed. 

Nonviolent Action

Making Peace Possible in 2017

Making Peace Possible in 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

By: USIP Staff

Despite a tumultuous year, one seemingly defined by violent conflict, extremism, and devastating civil wars, U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg argues that “peace is very possible” in part due to the practical solutions that USIP’s teams work on every day.

Justice, Security & Rule of Law

To Stabilize Colombia, Follow the Data

To Stabilize Colombia, Follow the Data

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

By: Oliver Kaplan

A year after Colombia and its FARC rebels signed their peace accord, its implementation has been worryingly slow. But a recent census of demobilizing rebel fighters offers new guidance for Colombian and U.S. policies. The United States has a national security interest in...

Reconciliation; Peace Processes