Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding News

As Colombia anticipates peace deal, donors prepare to roll out assistance

Feb 06, 2015
As talks for a peace deal resumed this week between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, international donors are keeping an eye on their progress and--in the case a deal is signed--are prepared to roll out assistance. According to Cynthia Arnson, there will be "significant new needs for spending."

What should America do with Guantanamo’s high-risk detainees?

Feb 06, 2015
"Guantanamo cannot and should not be closed until there is a concrete plan to prosecute these men, or, if necessary, detain them in a lawful way that ensures they can never inflict grievous harm again," writes Jane Harman and Jack Goldsmith.

The Illusion of a Hostage Policy

Feb 03, 2015
"Hostages taken today may nominally be victims of a single group, but they are caught up more fundamentally in a dysfunctional region-wide configuration. To end the broader problem will require brokering among leaders from Lebanon to Pakistan about the future of the region, both politically and physically," writes Robin Wright.

Bold Dialog Needed in Budapest

Feb 02, 2015
Eastern European Studies Scholar, Tibor Purger, writes about the challenges faced by the U.S. Ambassador in Hungary and the need for bold dialog.

Yemen: The New Afghanistan

Jan 20, 2015
"If the outside world doesn’t come back to vigorously help stem the tide, Yemen may formally crumble into a failed state, with militias seizing more power and full scale war erupting among rival powers on multiple fronts," writes Robin Wright.

"Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence" Briefing Paper Series

Jan 14, 2015
This briefing series is a continuation of the project "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence," a multiyear effort by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego to analyze the obstacles to and opportunities for improving citizen security in Mexico.

The Conspicuous U.S. Absence From Paris Solidarity March

Jan 12, 2015
"And no amount of rationalizing—whether scheduling conflicts or not wanting to dominate the rally with the presence of a U.S. president—can explain away the absence of a U.S. political figure of real stature in response to the first successful terror attack directed against Europe from abroad in a decade," writes Aaron David Miller.

Charlie Hebdo and the Long War Against Extremism

Jan 08, 2015
"The attack on Charlie Hebdo is another confirmation of a long war. And, like the Cold War was to the 20th century, that struggle is likely to be a defining feature of the 21st," writes Aaron David Miller.

What You Won’t Hear in Afghanistan in 2015

Jan 07, 2015
"In the coming year, all eyes will be on Afghanistan’s fragile national unity government as it confronts a ferocious insurgency and a floundering economy — and with significantly less international support than it enjoyed in previous years," writes Michael Kugelman.

Time to Reinvigorate the U.S.-Mexico Security Relationship

Jan 06, 2015
With Presidents Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto meeting today, January 6, 2015, in Washington, DC, Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood says it is crucial that the United States and Mexico seize the opportunity to reinvigorate their mutual public security agenda.