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.
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.
The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the FP Group jointly held their inaugural “PeaceGame” on December 9 at the Institute, an exercise that drew on a wide range of foreign policy specialists to examine what “the best possible peace for Syria” might look like.
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...
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.
A new report by a nongovernmental coalition suggests that a “smart power” approach to international affairs is gaining traction and that there is bipartisan consensus on where to move forward. USIP, with its peacebuilding and conflict-management programs, is one form of smart power.
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.
Gabe Salmon, 2011-2012 National Peace Essay Contest State-level Winner from Arizona, shares his experiences during awards week in Washington, DC.
As part of its ongoing partnership with the National Academy of Engineering, the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) on June 25 focused their joint Roundtable on Technology, Science and Peacebuilding on four initiatives.
The U.S. government has arrived at a “breakthrough moment” in making peacebuilding and stabilization efforts in countries torn by conflict or other crises more effective and coherent, Rick Barton, the assistant secretary of state for conflict and stabilization operations, told a May 11 gathering of specialists at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).