Why do some peace processes fail and others succeed? What strategies work across contexts? We've launched a new grant competition on effective peace processes to help find out! Concept notes are due by March 21.

What Makes for Effective Peace Processes—A Comparative Approach

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Women’s History Month is meant to recognize women as multidimensional agents of change in society, but in the context of war women are often remembered as either passive victims or peacebuilders. This March 1st, we’ll be looking at the history of women acting on their own accord in every facet of conflict: sympathizers, violent extremists, and perpetrators from WWII Germany to present-day...
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When Women in War Aren’t Victims: A Security Blindspot

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"In its approach to religion in U.S. foreign policy, the Trump administration has focused on violent extremism in majority-Muslim countries and has so far all but ignored diplomatic instruments at its disposal to understand and deal with religion in all its complexity in foreign policy."

Susan Hayward, director of religion and inclusive societies, urges the President to leverage diplomatic...
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Trump administration should use key diplomatic tools for religious engagement

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Women’s #radio stations are the public voice of the Afghan women’s movement, and one of its most potent tools. They span #Afghanistan’s deep urban-rural divide, broadcasting directly to women in isolated villages. Of a dozen or so women-run stations across Afghanistan, five are in #Kunduz—the product of an energetic, local group of educated women like Serdiqa Sherzai, who founded Radio Roshani...
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For the second straight year, Afghanistan's government revenue experienced strong growth. But without major progress toward peace, the country's economic future is uncertain

Revenue Growth in Afghanistan Continues Strong but Future Uncertain

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We've upgraded our website! It's now a sharper read on war, peace and security with USIP experts' analyses -- from Baghdad to Kabul to halting violent extremism. We hope that it will help you get straight to the current information that you need. Visit and tell us what you think!
USIP expert Zeenia Faraz offers the Women, Peace & Security framework as a useful tool for enhancing women’s participation in peace processes & applying a gender lens to post-conflict reconstruction. [ Bit.ly Link ] (Photo: Flickr/USAID)
Large US operations in Iraq & Afghanistan achieved short-term gains in stabilization & reducing violence, but both countries need political reform to sustain them.

Read former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute thoughts on everything from NATO's relevance to modern conflict to U.S.-Russian relations: [ Bit.ly Link ]
She's hunted by the Taliban, but Sediqa Sherzai won't stop her efforts to build women's rights in a dangerous region of Afghanistan.

Afghan Women Defy Taliban in a City on the Edge

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When asked how U.S. military intervention in Iraq may impact the country's future, Ambassador Douglas Lute, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, firmly stated that the actions of the Iraqi people will determine the success of the Iraqi state. "An authentic Iraqi solution will be durable and sustainable well beyond anything we can influence," he said. Hear Ambassador Lute's full remarks below.
Join us and the Embassy of Ireland on March 13 to examine what worked in advancing peace in Northern Ireland - and consider how lessons might apply to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, too.

Northern Ireland’s Lessons for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

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Last week, our Executive Vice President Bill Taylor met with young veterans to discuss USIP's mission and strategy for mitigating conflict and creating the necessary conditions for peace to thrive. We hope the young men enjoyed their visit!
Thanks for sharing Sediqa's story, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security! Readers can find the whole article here: [ Bit.ly Link ].

Afghan Women Defy Taliban in a City on the Edge

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President Trump has indicated his interest in “making the ultimate deal" to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict. As he meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu today, the opportunity for peace still exists, writes Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen.

As Netanyahu, Trump Meet, How to Keep Doors Open to Peace?

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When asked how U.S. military intervention in Iraq may impact the country's future, Ambassador Douglas Lute, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, firmly stated that the actions of the Iraqi people will determine the success of the Iraqi state. "An authentic Iraqi solution will be durable and sustainable well beyond anything we can influence," he said. Hear Ambassador Lute's full remarks below.
The Afghan Women's Movement is spreading over the airwaves, much to the chagrin of Taliban leaders, thanks to activists like Sediqa Sherzai and her women-run radio station, Radio Roshani.

Read about Sediqa and her work in Kunduz in "Afghan Women Defy Taliban in a City on the Edge": [ Bit.ly Link ]

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