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The Northern Triangle of Central America: Violence, Security, and Migration

The latest apprehension numbers from US Customs and Border Protection suggest that Central American migrants, especially women with children and unaccompanied minors, continue to arrive at the U.S. border at an elevated rate. Violence directed at women and their families is believed to be a major driver of this migration and raises questions about how to reduce the violence and diminish the need for women and children to undertake the perilous journey north in search of safety.

Closing the Gaps of Maternal Health in Conflict and Crises

Where violent conflict displaces people and disrupts societies, maternal and child health suffers, and such instability is widespread today. According to the UN Refugee Agency, there are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people, 21.3 million refugees, and 10 million stateless people over the world. In addition, more than 65 million people who are not displaced are affected by conflict.

A Post-ISIS Recovery Plan for Syria

The Mosul operation to defeat ISIS is now underway. After Mosul, U.S. and coalition efforts will concentrate on Raqqa in Syria, ISIS’s putative capital. When Raqqa falls, ISIS will cease to control any sizeable territory and will have been dealt a deathblow. But Syria will continue to be mired in a civil war that has made refugees of half of its population.

The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century

Concerns about rights in the United States have a long history, but the articulation of global human rights in the twentieth century was something altogether different. In The World Reimagined, Mark Philip Bradley explores for the first time how these revolutionary developments became believable to Americans and culminated in the power of today’s ubiquitous moral language of human rights.  Set against a sweeping transnational canvas, the book presents a new history of how Americans thought and acted in the twentieth-century world.

Superando los ciclos de pobreza: Lecciones de Latinoamérica

(Overcoming Structural Poverty: Lessons from Latin America)

Kellie Meiman of McLarty Associates and Cynthia Arnson of the Latin American Program co-led a Spanish-language roundtable featuring Benito Baranda, founder of América Solidaria, an anti-poverty organization.  Baranda is a Gabriela Mistral and Fulbright honoree, and one of Latin America’s most influential community mobilizers.

Shifting Paradigms: The Role of Young People in Building Peace and Security

Since its adoption in December 2015, United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace, and security has been hailed as the first of its kind to recognize young people as meaningful drivers of change through its explicit encouragement of youth leadership at all levels of conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking at the Rio Grande Valley: Ten Observations and Questions

In the scorching heat of a late summer day on the U.S. – Mexico border along the lower Rio Grande Valley (RGV) I had a revelation. Migrant smuggling and trafficking along this difficult part of the border lands is a constantly changing business. Despite involving human lives, smuggling and trafficking are fundamentally a business, albeit a deplorable one, that responds to a complex series of factors – some legitimate, others less so. As a result, the dynamics around these factors are constantly in flux and what we think we know today, maybe different a month, or a year from now.