Peace & Conflict Prevention

Although many believe that war is inevitable, there are steps that nations can take to foster peace and security around the world and to eliminate the possibility of war. We blog on and advocate solutions around peacekeeping, genocide prevention, the "Responsibility to Protect", civilian protection, arms control, and current conflicts and hot spots around the globe.

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July 21, 2014 - 3:00pm EDT
The use of rockets by Islamic groups from Gaza toward Israel and the more deadly use of rockets and bombs by Israeli forces toward Gaza have dramatically raised the possibility of banning rocket use in the Middle East. Arms control in this region has always been difficult, as the Middle East has no equivalent of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). As a universal organization, the United [...] Read More
July 18, 2014 - 1:00pm EDT
In Canada, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire is a household name. When asked in elementary school to write a composition on a Canadian Hero, students invariably gnash their teeth in frustration as they find themselves presenting eight or nine identical essays on the famed commander of the ill-fated 1994 UNAMIR mission in Rwanda. In his bestselling Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, Dallaire [...] Read More
July 14, 2014 - 9:00am EDT
Economic sanctions are increasingly being used to promote the full range of American foreign policy objectives. Yet all too often sanctions turn out to be little more than  expressions of U.S. preferences that hurt American economic interests without changing the target's behavior for the better. Fifteen years later this quote from a Brookings policy brief on the topic of economic sanctions still stands true. Economics [...] Read More