In a World of Syria and Ukraine, How Can Conflict Managers Adapt?

In a World of Syria and Ukraine, How Can Conflict Managers Adapt?

Monday, March 2, 2015

By: Viola Gienger

Today’s global political realities of chaos and violent conflict are well-captured by the declaration, “The center cannot hold.” It’s the title of the first chapter in a new book, Managing Conflict in A World Adrift, that dissects the shifts in international security and the tense debates about how to adapt. The trends were the subject of a recent discussion at USIP that featured co-editors Chester A. Crocker and Pamela Aall and expert authors, including an award winning marine ecologist.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Managing Conflict in a World Adrift

Managing Conflict in a World Adrift

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

By: Pamela Aall; Chester A. Crocker; Fen Osler Hampson; editors

In the midst of a political shift where power is moving from central institutions to smaller, more distributed units in the international system, the approaches to and methodologies for peacemaking are changing. "Managing Conflict in a World Adrift" provides a sobering panorama of contemporary conflict, along with innovative thinking about how to respond now that new forces and dynamics are at play.

Education & Training

Debate Lessons

Debate Lessons

Friday, December 6, 2013

By: Pamela Aall

What can we learn from other peace processes that could help ease the negotiations in Geneva this January between the Syrian government and the country's fractured opposition? Many seasoned practitioners would argue that since no two conflicts are alike, it is dangerous to assume that what worked in managing one conflict will work in another. At the risk of proving the skeptics right, however, there are a few areas in which earlier conflicts might provide useful lessons for Geneva: identity i...

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Detention Standards and Non-State Armed Groups

Detention Standards and Non-State Armed Groups

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

By: Bruce ‘Ossie’ Oswald

All armed groups capture or detain individuals in a variety of situations, but it is unclear what legal obligations, if any, non-state groups have when dealing with detainees. Bruce Oswald explores this question and the challenge of getting non-state groups to respect basic detention standards.

Adapting Agricultural Extension to Peacebuilding

Adapting Agricultural Extension to Peacebuilding

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

By: Andrew Robertson; Steve Olson

On May 1, 2012, the Roundtable on Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding – a partnership between the U.S Institute of Peace and the National Academy of Engineering – held a workshop in Washington, DC, to explore whether and how extension activities could serve peacebuilding purposes. This summary provides a synopsis of the day’s discussion.