Civil Society

Reminders of the Promise: Civil Society and the Responsibility to Protect

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Author: | Date: September 2013

In 2005 governments worldwide made a historic commitment to prevent and halt genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing by unanimously agreeing to the responsibility to protect (R2P). […]

Bringing Up the Child: Local Conflict Prevention Mechanisms in Kenya

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Author: | Date: September 2013

The Elder Community Growing up in Kenya’s beautiful rural areas, I was fascinated by the power of the elders, a group of old wise men sitting under a tree delivering […]

Film Review: A Whisper to a Roar

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Author: | Date: September 2013

In a globalized world, when leaders in Asia make a declaration, it is almost immediately heard in the Americas. Likewise, social activism and ideas can spread rapidly across borders, as […]

Early Warning, Early Response: Lessons from Sri Lanka

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Author: | Date: September 2013

Most community-based violence can be prevented if the right information is delivered to the right stakeholders, at the right time, in the right format, enabling the stakeholders to take the […]

Civil Society in Syria: A Milestone for Sustainable Peace

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Author: | Date: September 2013

Sustainable peace in Syria cannot be achieved without the engagement of civil society in generating solutions for the problems threatening to tear up the country today. Civil society must also […]

Developing New Cooperative Tools for Post-Conflict Transformation

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Author: | Date: August 2013

The second issue of Building Peace, slated for release in late September, will focus on conflict prevention. We would like to give you a preview of what will be in […]

SMS for Peace: Preventing Electoral Violence in Kenya with Mobile Phones

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Author: | Date: July 2013

In 2007-8, post-election violence in Kenya spread throughout the country, claimed the lives of over 1,000 individuals, and displaced hundreds of thousands. Election-related violence had happened before in Kenya, but […]

Watch Group Advocates the Primacy of Civil Authority in Rebuilding Mali’s Security Sector

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Author: | Date: June 2013

A highly influential group of foreign policy, civil-military, peacebuilding, and country and cultural experts –  including Malians of various walks of life – has identified  the primacy of civil authority […]

WATCH: Building Peace Launch with Hon. Ambassador Keita of Mali at U.S. Institute of Peace

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Date: June 2013

The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) successfully launched Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century on April 16th, 2013 at the second day of AfP’s Annual Conference, […]

Syria: We Will Not Become The Tyrant We Are Fighting

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Author: | Date: April 2013

I last spoke to Bashar Assad in 1996. He assured me then that as part of his inevitable ascent to power, change was coming. He knew he could not expect […]