Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding News

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?

South Sudan: Can Regional Mediation End the Conflict?

Aug 05, 2015
Getachew Gebrekidan has been studying the mediation role of the regional organization, IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) in its attempts to assist in bringing an end to the conflict in South Sudan. He shares his findings and thoughts on the sources of the conflict and what it will take to achieve peace. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Turkey after Elections: Iranian Nuclear Deal, Kurdish Peace Process and the Fight against DAESH

Aug 03, 2015
Global Fellow Bülent Aras and Fuat Keyman, Director of the Istanbul Policy Center, discuss the changes in Turkey’s political climate and the implications of forming a coalition government following elections in June.

Bending the Arc

Aug 03, 2015
"The ICC must look to the ICTY as a blueprint, gathering concrete and consistent support from international actors who can effectively pressure parties on the ground to cooperate," writes Jacqueline McAllister.

Why the Next Few Months Will be Critical for the Latest Colombia FARC Truce

Jul 22, 2015
Cynthia Arnson is quoted about the critical next steps in the Colombian peace process.

From War to Peace: In Search of Transitional Justice

Jul 15, 2015
When a country moves from conflict to peace, the transitional period includes a desire for justice that can take many forms. Arnaud Kurze’s research project explores the creation of “alternative transitional justice spaces” in post-conflict contexts, particularly concentrating on the role of art and the impact of social movements to address human rights abuses. Drawing on the former Yugoslavia, post-Mubarak Egypt and post-authoritarian Tunisia, he scrutinizes the work of contemporary youth activists and artists to deal with the past and foster sociopolitical change. In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Kurze about his findings

The War that Haunts Iran’s Negotiators

Jun 28, 2015
"The Iraq war still haunts Iran—and shapes the theocracy’s positions at the negotiating table—partly because tens of thousands are still dying from chemical weapons, according to the Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support," writes Robin Wright.

Southern Voices Network: Security and Stability Through Africa-US Relations

Jun 24, 2015
The Southern Voices Network, a consortium of 15 research and policy organizations from across Africa, recently met at the Wilson Center to discuss a range of issues that included peace building and development. Five participants in the conference provide CONTEXT on what’s on the agenda between Africa and the U.S., and also share thoughts on how the United States can more effectively work with various African nations.

America's Shocking Ignorance of Afghanistan

Jun 05, 2015
"The basic debate regarding whether U.S. efforts in the country should be focused on counter-insurgency or counter-terrorism has always framed the Afghan state as incidental to Western aims and efforts. Why? A basic ignorance about Afghanistan and a profound unwillingness on the part of policymakers to address this intellectual illiteracy lie at the core of any answer," writes Benjamin Hopkins.