Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Post Conflict Peacebuilding: South Sudan

The challenges facing post-conflict communities are many and long-term solutions are elusive. Wilson Scholar Emmaculate Asige Liaga has identified “grassroots” involvement as a key element of a successful transition. She shares thought on what this means for peacebuilding efforts in South Sudan in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Turmoil Across the Middle East: What Does It Mean?

What should we make of the Middle East’s upheavals? In recent weeks, the Islamic State (ISIS) “caliphate” collapsed. Syria’s Assad regime all but won the six-year war, thus consolidating Iranian and Russian influence. Saudi Arabia purged parts of its royal family. Lebanon’s prime minister abruptly resigned. Iraq’s Kurds voted for independence, triggering confrontation with Baghdad. Years of U.S. and international engagement has failed to rebuild fractured countries, and the very viability of states like Iraq and Syria has been challenged.

A Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority

On November 30, 2017, the Wilson Center's Middle East Program held ‘A Conversation with H.E. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority’ as a part of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Middle East Forum. Fayyad is a Palestinian politician and former prime minister and finance minister of the Palestinian Authority. Jane Harman, the Wilson Center's Director, President, and CEO provided an introduction.

Narrowing the Gap between International and Local Actors in Peacebuilding Efforts in South Sudan

On November 20, 2017, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted an event titledNarrowing the Gap between International and Local Actors in Peacebuilding Efforts in South Sudan,” featuring Ms. Emmaculate Asige Liaga, current Southern Voices Network for Peacebuilding scholar and doctoral candidate at the University of Pretoria in South Africa; Mr. Mike Jobbins, the Senior Program Manager for Africa at Search for Common Ground; and Ms. Carrie Gruenloh, Senior Conflict and Peacebuilding Advisor, Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, at the U.S.

Big Aims for a Deal in Eastern Europe

Last year, after a series of meetings at all levels among official Kyiv, Washington, and Moscow, talks about the possibility of a big deal between the West and Russia regarding the conflic

A Conversation with the Vice President of Colombia General Óscar Naranjo

Vice President Oscar Naranjo, former director of Colombia’s National Police and a member of the government team that negotiated the peace accord with the FARC, discussed the status of implementation of the agreement; the progress made in carrying out the country’s anti-narcotics strategy; and Colombia’s contributions to regional security efforts. 


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Colombia's Recovery from War: Victims' Rights and Returning Fighters

Reparations for victims and reintegration of combatants are key provisions of Colombian law and of the year-old peace agreement that ended a half century of war between the government and the country’s largest rebel group. The effect of the conflict and how the government is fulfilling its commitments will be the focus of a discussion on October 31 at the U.S. Institute of Peace, co-hosted with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program.

Paul D. Williams: The Politics of Contemporary Peace Operations

Professor Paul D. Williams was a Visiting Fellow with the Wilson Center from August 2014 to May 2015 and then a Global Fellow affiliated with the Center's Africa Program from August of 2015 to July of 2017. He is currently Associate Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Security Policy Studies Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.