News & Events

Civil society marches in Bolivia

February 10, 2015

Is Civil Society a Double-Edged Sword?

Political Institutions

There are competing perspectives about the role of civil society in weakly institutionalized democracies. At times, the destabilization caused by mass mobilization can seem challenging to democratic governance.

Beliefs and conflict, U.S. News & World Report

February 05, 2015

Do Beliefs Cause Conflict?

Political Conflict

The study of individual beliefs and belief systems may have the potential to provide valuable insights into the drivers of many conflicts. But conflict prevention that is not systematic, self-critical and acknowledging of all of the other elements that may spawn conflict, has the potential to devolve into a demonization... more

January 22, 2015

Ruth DeFries: Peace and the Environment

Promoting peace and human security on our planet will require us to overcome a multitude of obstacles, maintaining environmental sustainability not least among them.

Conversations on Conflict

January 15, 2015

Conversations on Conflict: Possibilities for the 21st Century

Gender & Security, Political Institutions, Political Conflict

This conversation brought together leaders with a range of perspectives to explore the possibilities for reducing and eliminating armed conflict in the 21st century.

US Navy Response in Libya

January 12, 2015

Business and the Third Pillar

Political Conflict, Business & Governance

The adoption of the “Responsibility to Protect” (RtoP) by the UN General Assembly marked what many people hoped would be a turning point in support for international action to stop mass atrocity crimes...but it has encountered many hurdles.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword

January 08, 2015

Redrawing Our Strategy on Terror

Political Conflict

If we allow our reaction to barbarism to be dictated on the fly and by the perpetrators themselves, we condemn the global community to ongoing terror. We need to think differently.

Peacekeeping conflicts MONUSCO

January 06, 2015

Joshua Goldstein on What We Know About War

Political Institutions

Knowing what we know, the answer to further reducing conflict seems to lie at the intersection of development and conflict.

Steven Pinker on World Violence

December 23, 2014

Is the World Falling Apart?

Political Conflict

Stories about armed fanatics and lone wolf gunmen fill the headlines and compete for our shocked attention. In an article for Slate, Andrew Mack and Steven Pinker demonstrate that society is not in fact falling apart.