How America Won the War in Afghanistan

September 15, 2021

The Second World War ruined our concept of conflict. It led us to believe that conflicts are wars, and wars consist of two sides fighting, with a singular monolithic outcome that one side wins. Everyone comes home. There is a parade. A sailor kisses a woman. Boom. War won. This is a myth of...

The Role of Interfaith Harmony in Today’s World

February 05, 2019

Faith is seen as a cause of turmoil and exclusion, yet it can be used as an antidote. In his book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari laments that traditional religion is the “handmaid of modern nationalism.” It divides humanity into different camps, he...

No Sign of Calm in Mozambique’s Growing Conflict

March 28, 2016

As the conflict in Mozambique continues and possibly intensifies, there is a high risk of further violence, with the potential to affect civilians in the northern and central parts of the country. Political tensions have escalated in Mozambique since the beginning of 2016 due to growing clashes...

We May No Longer Be Able to End Wars

March 09, 2016

In a world awash with weak states, powerful weapons and crumbling institutions, conflicts can easily continue for generations—and perhaps never end. Jason Smith was both very unlucky and very lucky. His bad luck began on February 20, 2015, when he was walking back to his home in McAdoo,...

Making Sense of Future Conflicts

January 21, 2016

As the world becomes more urbanized, it is important to meet conflict challenges before they arise. A cursory glance at the 2015 Global Peace Index (GPI) makes for interesting reading. The GPI shows that the world has become less peaceful since 2008, which is largely attributed to the increase...

Half the World’s Refugees Come From Three Countries

July 28, 2015

An equivalent of a small-city population flees war and conflict every day. The world over, people are fleeing war, ethnic conflict and natural disasters. The numbers are staggering. Some 59.5 million people were forcibly displaced in 2014 alone, up from 37.5 million in 2005. With nearly 14...

World War Two in Numbers: An Interactive Video

June 14, 2015

Looking at one of the world’s deadliest conflicts helps us appreciate the current “New Peace.” Peace is a difficult thing to measure. Yet this is exactly what Neil Halloran attempts to do in his interactive documentary on the casualties of the Second World War. In just six years, World...

Swap Kim Kardashian With Amnesty International, Please

January 21, 2015

Public obsession with celebrity culture diverts attention from tragedies worldwide. The Internet was set aflame earlier this month — not by Kim Kardashian, but by three days of terror that brought France to a standstill. Seventeen people lost their lives over the actions of the Kouachi...

Tension in Season for the United States and North Korea

March 24, 2013

The annual “Tension Season” in relations between the United States and North Korea is noticeably harsher this year.     Every year, there seems to be two periods of tension in the relationship between the United States and North Korea. These seasons of tension are...

Building Bridges: A Spiritual Approach

February 05, 2013

How Spirituality can contribute to resolve conflicts 'We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience' – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. We customarily measure the cost of any conflict/violence or disaster, natural or...

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