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New evidence: How religion aids peaceful change

By Miranda Rivers; Jason Klocek, Ph.D.; and Sandra Tombe The pullback in 2021 of international military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa’s Sahel region not only shows the limits of such...

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How—and When—People Power Can Advance Peace Amid Civil War

Despite a brief lull due to COVID-19 restrictions, the past few years have witnessed one of the largest waves of global nonviolent resistance in recent history, with 2019 widely being dubbed “the...

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Libya

On the Road to Peace, Libya Makes Progress but Hits Pitfalls

Reconciliation must go beyond politics, address issues of transitional justice and set a new vision for a shared future. After a decade of war and division, Libya has made progress toward peace this...

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Getting to the source: the importance of field research

An academic and intellectual decline is inevitable without a post-pandemic revival of fieldwork. BY: Alastair Reed; Boglarka Bozsogi Travel restrictions and social distancing practices put in place...

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Afghanistan

Revitalizing Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance

An essential but battered agency shows signs of recovery — a must for effective government, aid and possibly peace. BY: William Byrd Revitalizing Afghanistan’s badly damaged Ministry of Finance is...

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Lebanon

As Lebanon Melts Down, Can it Avert Total Collapse?

Financial, governance and COVID challenges are bringing the country to its knees, potentially provoking a new wave of displacement. BY: Mona Yacoubian Editor’s Note: This article was updated on March...

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Syria

What Can We Learn from Syria’s Devastating Decade of War?

The conflict’s trajectory provides important insights into the complexity of the challenges that lie ahead in Syria and beyond. As the Syrian conflict marks its 10th anniversary, the protest movement...

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Libya

The Current Situation in Libya - A USIP Fact Sheet

Nine years after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi, Libya continues to struggle to end its violent conflict and build state institutions. External actors have exacerbated Libya’s problems by funneling...

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