Peace

Senegalese soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, on July 24, 2019, a day after suicide bombers in a vehicle painted with U.N. markings injured several troops and civilians in an attack on an international peacekeeping base in Mali.

Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali

The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.

An airplane of Israel's El Al is adorned with the Emirati, Israeli, and U.S. flags and the word "peace" in Arabic, English, and Hebrew on arriving at the Abu Dhabi airport in the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE on Aug. 31, 2020.

Welcome to a Brand-New Middle East

Israel’s pacts with the UAE and Bahrain go far beyond the tenuous “cold peace” with Egypt and Jordan. They could even help end the conflict with the Palestinians.

Tel Aviv's city hall is lit up in the colors of the United Arab Emirates' national flag on Aug. 13.

How 9/11 and the Coronavirus Pushed the UAE and Israel Together

The backstory of the UAE’s deal with Israel is a 20-year tale of business, technological, and personal ties.

Afghan women listen to speeches during the final campaign rally for Abdullah Abdullah.

Afghan Women Should Be the Centerpiece of the Peace Process

Afghanistan's future needs to include more than just those who hold guns. Here’s how to make that happen.

John Hume sits in front of the Stormont Parliament Buildings.

John Hume Left Behind a Peaceful—but Divided—Ireland

The Nobel Peace Laureate helped bring nearly three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland to an end. But reconciliation between the country’s communities remains unrealized.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks past then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as he prepares to sign the guest book at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010.

Biden Bucks Progressives, Won’t Denounce Israeli Occupation

The Sanders wing has scored a lot of victories in the Democratic platform—but didn’t get all it wanted on Israel.

European Council President Donald Tusk, U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a working session in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019, the second day of the annual G-7 Summit.

Will America’s Alliances Survive the Trump Era?

A new book advances a robust defense of the U.S. system of alliances. A post-pandemic world requires adaptation and renewed coordination against common threats.

Israeli settlers gather on a hill next to the Palestinian town of Halhul, in the occupied West Bank, on June 30 as they attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan.

The Two-State Solution Is Dead. What Comes Next Is Worse.

Annexation of the West Bank would cement a one-state reality on the ground, enshrining Israeli rights over Palestinians.

Demonstrators hold signs as they take part in a Juneteenth march and rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on June 19.

America’s Identity Crisis

Race and reconciliation lessons from a Black international peace builder

Taliban prisoners

Taliban Leadership in Disarray on Verge of Peace Talks

The coronavirus has swept through the top ranks, leaving Mullah Omar’s son tenuously in charge.

Released Taliban prisoners depart a government prison outside Kabul near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on May 26.

As Cease-Fire Expires, Afghanistan Yearns for Peace

With new Taliban prisoner releases, the Afghan government hints at progress with peace talks.

A woman sits next to newborn babies who lost their mothers following an attack in a maternity hospital in Kabul on May 13.

Horrific Attack on Maternity Ward Threatens to Upend Afghan Truce

Kabul blames the Taliban for the killing of mothers and newborn babies but questions about the culprits remain.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu’s Annexation Plan Is a Threat to Israel’s National Security

Annexing the West Bank would threaten Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, anger allies in the Gulf, undermine the Palestinian Authority, and endanger Israel as a Jewish democracy.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters during a cease-fire

How Trump and Putin Weakened U.N. Bid for a Global Cease-Fire

U.S. officials worry that counterterrorism operations will be constrained.

Protesters at a vigil for murdered social leaders in Bogotá, Colombia, on July 6, 2018.

We Can Make the Post-Coronavirus World a Much Less Violent Place

The pandemic has decreased some kinds of crime and increased others. But the world is much safer than it used to be, and we know how to make it even safer.

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