Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Ripples of the Arab Spring: Revolt and the Role of Women

Pro-democracy rebellions have erupted across the Middle East since December 2010 in what has become known as the Arab Spring. Revolutions—first in Tunisia, then in Egypt—resulted in the ouster of long-time dictators. Civil unrest and protests have raged on from Yemen to Bahrain, from Libya to Syria, and beyond.

Certification: The Path to Conflict-Free Minerals from Congo

The Woodrow Wilson Center's Africa Program in co-sponsorship with the Enough Project assembled a panel of experts from American, British and Congolese governments, private industry, and the non-governmental community to discuss the deplorable situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo involving conflict minerals and the way forward.


Since 1994, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) has actively pursued the connections between the environment, health, population, development, conflict, and security. ECSP brings together scholars, policymakers, media, and practitioners through events, research, publications, multimedia content, and our award-winning blog, New Security Beat.

ECSP currently has three primary focus areas:

The Puzzle of U.S. Popularity in the War Zones of the Philippines

Wilson Center Fellow Patricio "Jojo" Abinales grew up in the northern part of Mindanao, the second largest and southernmost island in the Philippines. Knowing the language and culture has made him the ideal candidate to conduct research and interview people on the island, even in the dangerous war-torn south.

Waging Peace: The Inextricable Links Between Security and Development

"The real purpose of me writing this book, over the course of 9 years, was to fundamentally connect with young doers," said Rye Barcott, authour of, "It Happened on the Way to War." Barcott, a former Marine, who writes about his experiences as an impressionable student in Kenya, and a front-line warrior in Iraq, and the journey in between, went further and said that his was a story about social entrepreneurship and military service, and how the two clashed and converged in his heart and mind.

Connections Between Climate and Stability: Lessons from Asia and Africa

"We, alongside this growing consensus of research institutes, analysts, and security agencies on both sides of the Atlantic, think of climate change as a risk multiplier; as something that will amplify existing social, political, and resource stressors," said Janani Vivekananda of International Alert.

The Leadership Project Completes Its Final Workshop on Building Collaborative Capacity Amongst Liberian Leaders

From January 20-22, 2011, The Wilson Center held its final workshop at Thinkers Village in Paynesville, Liberia. The focus of this workshop was to review the tools and skill-sets provided to the participants; apply those to specific conflict situations they currently face; identify ways in which they can continue to utilize the tools to effectively resolve conflicts or disputes in the future; reaffirm the network of growing peace builders involved in this project; and explore ways in which that network can continue to reinforce itself and expand its impact.

A Lens Into Liberia: Experiences From IRP Gatekeepers

The International Reporting Project (IRP) gives "editors–the 'gatekeepers'—a chance to get out of the newsrooms and to see for themselves the importance of international affairs," said John Schidlovsky, director of IRP, at a Wilson Center event about the independent journalism organization's recent two-week trip to Liberia with 11 U.S. news editors.

Honduras and the Inter-American System: One Year After

One year after internationally-monitored elections in Honduras, the international community remains divided over the legitimacy of the 2009 presidential elections and recognition of the Porfirio Lobo government.

Book Launch: The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace

To understand the security concerns of the developing world, we must understand that lack of institutional capacity has created a "house of cards," said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Shannon Beebe, speaking at the Wilson Center on October 19. "When that card gets pulled out, the house is going to fall."