Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Publications

Learning from Sykes-Picot

Nov 19, 2015
The collapse of central authority in both Syria and Iraq, coupled with the rise of a growing number of non-state actors, has given rise to much speculation about the future of the Levant and the end of at least some of the states formed after World War I. The first of a long series of agreements that defined the post-Ottoman Levant was one reached by a British and a French diplomat, Mark Sykes and Francois Georges-Picot, in 1916. The “end of Sykes-Picot” has become the short hand for speculation about a possible reconfiguration of the states of the Levant.

Tackling the South Sudan Conflict within a Complicated Regional Security Complex

Oct 16, 2015
The civil war in South Sudan, characterized by ongoing violence and broken ceasefires, is, for the moment, paused by a tenuous peace agreement. To make it stick, the need for regional mediation and international pressure is greater than ever. In this policy brief, Southern Voices Network Scholar Getachew Zeru Gebrekidan, examines the key role IGAD--a regional group composed of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda--has played in the peace process and recommends greater coordination between IGAD, the U.S., and other key international stakeholders and deeper engagement in the peace process.

Youth and Civil Society: The Missing Powers in Yemen

Aug 10, 2015
Despite the ongoing conflict in Yemen, civil society organizations (CSOs) inside the country have significant capacity not only to mitigate the civil war but also to assist in rebuilding once the conflict is over. For historical reasons CSOs in Yemen have more space to monitor developments, advocate for greater accountability, and help the country grow and prosper..

Continuing Cooperation Patterns with Russia in the Arctic Region

May 02, 2015
Marlene Laruelle argues that the United States should engage more in the Arctic as a means of establishing cooperation patterns with Russia after the Ukraine crisis. Furthermore, priority should be given to join projects and information sharing, and Russia should be supported in its efforts to open and securitize the Northern Sea Route.

Kennan Cable No.6: Peace and Energy in Ukraine… and Russia

Mar 12, 2015
Jan H. Kalicki analyzes the central role energy plays in the crisis in Ukraine, and the role it will continue to play for both Ukraine and Russia.

Violence and Insecurity in Guerrero

Feb 05, 2015
This paper paper examines the security situation in the state of Guerrero, including the operation of drug trafficking organizations, and proposes possible solutions to the security crisis. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."

Kennan Cable No.4: What’s Next For Donbas?

Jan 30, 2015
Kateryna Smagliy, Director of Kennan Institute in Ukraine, examines the developing humanitarian crisis in the Donbas region.

A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible

Jan 27, 2015
The Mexico Institute is pleased to publish a new book by Wilson Center Global Fellow Luis Rubio, A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible. The proposal of the book is very simple, and appears utopian, thus its title: the President makes the Rule of Law his own and decides not to violate its elementary principles for the sake of expediency.

Citizen Security in Michoacán

Jan 09, 2015
This report pays close attention to the efforts and challenges of the Mexican government and civil society to work together to establish order in Michoacán, offering important insights and recommendations for continued progress to that end. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."