What the United States Gets Wrong About Peace Talks
Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.
For Bosnian Women, No Justice—and No Seats
In the Balkan wars, women were targets. In postwar governments, they’ve been pushed out of sight.
Cameroon Must Make Concessions to End the Anglophone Crisis
President Paul Biya won’t get anywhere without engaging directly with separatist grievances.
How to Keep the Colombian Peace Deal Alive
In the wake of the announcement that a few ex-FARC commanders have rearmed, it's more important than ever for the government to uphold its development promises.
How to Partner With the Taliban
The Trump administration’s peace deal for Afghanistan needs a plan for the country’s most looming threat: international terrorists whom both sides oppose.
There Once Was a President Who Hated War
American elites used to see war as a tragic necessity. Now they’re completely addicted to it.
Restraint Isn’t Isolationism—and It Won’t Endanger America
Critics of offshore balancing claim a more restrained U.S. foreign policy will breed insecurity. They’re wrong, and their arguments are easily debunked.
Wedge Politics Won’t Bring Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Kushner’s plan aims to divide Palestinians from their leaders but fails to recognize that the people already resent their corrupt leadership—while failing to place any similar pressure on an Israeli prime minister under indictment.
Don’t Dismiss the Bahrain Conference. It Can Help Palestinians.
Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt’s peace plan may not be the deal of the century, but there are interim steps that U.S. officials and Arab leaders could take to help stabilize the West Bank and Gaza.
Only Women Can Stop the Apocalypse
Men make nuclear weapons more dangerous. So why do they still dominate the field?
Trump Must Not Let Jared Kushner’s Peace Plan See the Light of Day
Releasing a U.S. proposal that is bound to fail would legitimize Israeli annexation, give Saudi Arabia leverage, and strengthen Iran and its allies.
The Afghan Government Can’t Make Peace With the Taliban on Its Own
Negotiations involving a broad group that represents all of Afghanistan—not just its senior politicians—are the only way to achieve a lasting settlement.
How the Gulf States Got in Bed With Israel and Forgot About the Palestinian Cause
Benjamin Netanyahu is building ties with anti-Iran Arab leaders from Riyadh to Doha and betting that a peace deal is no longer a necessary prerequisite for normalizing diplomatic ties.
Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan
A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors.
Failure in Hanoi Doesn’t Mean Peace Is Dead
The foundations need to be laid for a long, hard route ahead.
No Smiles Across the Taiwan Strait
Wars of words leave peace a long way off — and more aggression on the table.
Is Yemen’s Torment Finally Ending?
The latest cease-fire raises hopes, but officials fear war could break out again.
For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic
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.