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Wars of words leave peace a long way off — and more aggression on the table.
When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.
Cease-fire negotiations that exclude them are more likely to fall apart. Here’s how the U.N. can boost their participation at the bargaining table.
Israeli-Palestinian peace is elusive because both sides—and the United States—have made a series of damaging but preventable errors.
U.N. member states must renew their commitment to the vital peacekeeping operations that end wars, protect civilians, and save lives.
Ill-advised land swaps and population transfers won’t bring peace. They’re more likely to revive the bloodshed that plagued the Balkans during the 1990s.
On the 25th anniversary of the landmark Israeli-Palestinian deal, activists and diplomats should focus on recreating the conditions that made it possible.
Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are.