Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding News

Four Illusions About Syria That the U.S. Has to Abandon

Nov 13, 2015
"When it comes to the Middle East, giving up illusions is mandatory. As Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for another round of talks with Russia, Iran, and Europeans on Syria’s future, here are several illusions the Obama administration must abandon," writes Aaron David Miller.

The Real Reason the Xi-Ma Meeting Was Historic

Nov 09, 2015
"If this meeting is historic, it is for a different reason: it is a chance to say farewell to Ma, who will most likely be the last president elected in Taiwan who still has a “one-China” mentality. This meeting is a farewell to the old tradition and paradigm of cross-Strait relations," writes Zheng Wang.

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Nov 06, 2015
"The statements of both Sharif and Aziz raise legitimate questions about whether and why Pakistani policy in the seemingly intractable Afghan peace process has evolved behind those curtains that keep it in deep shadows," writes William Milam.

Five Takeaways From Bashar al-Assad’s Secret Visit to Moscow

Oct 21, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad surprised the world on Tuesday with an unannounced meeting in Moscow. Here are five takeaways from the visit.

An Update on the Colombian Peace Process with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson

Oct 14, 2015
We spoke with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson, following the announcement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had reached major breakthroughs on the outstanding issues in the peace process negotiations (transitional justice, disarmament, and a timetable for signing a final agreement). He provides context on how agreement was reached and what comes next.

Four Things That Aren't Helping the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Oct 14, 2015
How the Obama administration should deal with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict is far from clear. But it is clear that these four things are not helping Mr. Kerry or the situation.

After 14 Years, Still Fighting in Afghanistan

Oct 09, 2015
After 14 years of U.S. military support to Afghanistan, and more reconstruction assistance than was used for the Marshall Plan, how can the Taliban be capable of seizing a major Afghan city? And nearly a year after the official end of the U.S. combat mission, why are American troops still fighting?

Triple Threat: America, China and Russia on the Path to Conflict?

Oct 06, 2015
"The current conflict could prove to be as dangerous as the U.S.-Soviet confrontation that shaped the last century, and it will undoubtedly be far more complex. That is above all because of the massively increased power and yet still ambiguous intentions of a third key actor: China," writes Matthew Rojansky.

Sudan’s Peace Talks Continue

Aug 27, 2015
Peace talks are underway in South Sudan between rival factions who are under growing pressure from the international community to reach some sort of power sharing agreement or face the threat of new sanctions. Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan, a research scholar with the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, joins WBEZ to discuss.

The Reasons for the Surge in Coca Cultivation in Colombia

Aug 25, 2015
Using available data and analyzing regional differences, this article examines five hypotheses that could account for the marked increase in coca under cultivation. Has the current anti-drug strategy reached its limit?