Operation errors and security risks undermined Afghans’ ability to vote. What does it mean for the 2019 presidential elections?
By: Scott Worden
Women are ending their exclusion from peace processes—but the U.N. must help
Thursday, October 18, 2018 / BY: Danielle Robertson; Tabatha Thompson
The Taliban could be a spoiler, but a successful election can set the course for credible presidential polls and advance the peace process.
By: Scott Worden; Belquis Ahmadi
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 / BY: Fred Strasser
Bloodshed in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala must be addressed on every front—like an epidemic disease.
By: Illana M. Lancaster; Sahlim Charles Amambia, Felix Bivens, Munira Hamisi, Olivia Ogada, Gregory Ochieng Okumu, Nicolas Songora, Rehema Zaid
BY: Aly Verjee; Chris Kwaja; Oge Onubogu
Friday, August 17, 2018 / BY: Andrew Selth
As the world’s ‘worst humanitarian crisis’ festers, the local dynamics of the conflict remain overshadowed.
Afghan Women Oppose Procedure as ‘Torture’
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 / BY: Marjan Nahavandi; Muzhgan Yarmohammadi
Afghanistan this year adopted a new penal code that moves the country toward meeting international standards on criminal justice. At the same time, it underscores the continued difficulties of reinforcing rights for Afghan women and girls. One reflection of this is its preservation of the discredited practice of “virginity testing”—a decision that Afghan women increasingly have opposed.
The world’s uprooted children will ignite a new generation of wars. Can we prevent it?
By: Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.
Despite widespread recognition that the only way toward ending the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan is a negotiated settlement, understanding of the Taliban’s thinking on the subject is remarkably scant. This report attempts to fill this gap by drawing on face-to-face interviews with Taliban foot soldiers, field commanders, and supporters to better understand the movement’s views on why they are fighting, what issues are negotiable, whether they have faith in negotiation as a way to peace, and what a peace process might look like.
Following the surprise win by controversial Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his Sairoon coalition in Iraq’s May 12 parliamentary elections, a new coalition government has yet to form. USIP’s Sarhang Hamasaeed analyzes what led to al-Sadr’s victory, low voter turnout at the polls, the state of the political process in Iraq, and Iraqis’ expectations for meaningful reform from the next government.
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Aly Verjee on recent developments in the peace process and what the U.S. can do to break the violent status quo.
An evening discussion among peacebuilders was held at IPI, May 16, 2018, on women’s meaningful participation in negotiating peace and the implementation of peace agreements.
The meeting, convened by UN Women and IPI, brought together internationally recognized peacebuilders, officials from the United Nations, diplomats, and representatives of civil society. The event was held as part of an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) convened by UN Women in preparation for the Secretary-General’s annual report on women, peace and security, expected in October.
Can a new government meet Iraqis’ needs and avoid the pitfalls of the past?
By: Jeff Krentel; Nathaniel L. Wilson
An evaluation of a three-year USIP program to strengthen capacity in the field to counter violent extremism revealed that effective project design, thoughtful recruitment strategies, and tailored course content are critical. Participants reported applying what they learned to either adjust existing CVE programs or develop new programs altogether. This report explores the lessons from the project for funders and practitioners to develop more effective projects.
With 84 percent of people worldwide identifying with a religion, faith influences local, national, and international decision-making. Across the globe, violent extremism often is couched in religious terms, and religious discrimination is on the rise. At the same time, people of faith and religious organizations frequently are on the frontlines of peace efforts, assisting communities affected by violence. Although religious considerations have been marginal to peace efforts historically, governments and peacebuilding organizations increasingly recognize the importance of religion.
Despite recent attacks, the Taliban has signaled willingness to bend from its hardline past.
By: Johnny Walsh
The outcome could lead to a shift in both U.S. and Iranian influence in Baghdad
BY: Sarhang Hamasaeed