Can Election Violence Really be Prevented?

Can Election Violence Really be Prevented?

Friday, November 16, 2018

By: Adam Gallagher

Kenya and Liberia held elections in 2017 that were closely watched by the international community, as both countries’ history of violence led to fears over election security. Although Liberia’s election was largely peaceful, Kenya’s was marred by intense violence. What worked in preventing election violence in Liberia that didn’t work in Kenya?

Electoral Violence

Two American Lieutenants: A Veterans Day Story

Two American Lieutenants: A Veterans Day Story

Saturday, November 10, 2018

By: James Rupert

This November 11 marks 100 years since the World War I armistice that Americans commemorate as Veterans Day. With the nation, the U.S. Institute of Peace honors those who have served in America’s armed forces and, especially, their sacrifices in times of war. These men and women know better than most of us the terrible costs we face when human conflict turns violent.

Breaking Down Barriers for Women and Youth in Afghanistan

Breaking Down Barriers for Women and Youth in Afghanistan

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

By: Belquis Ahmadi; Wagma Yameen Zia

The simple fact that Afghans participated in the recent parliamentary elections is no small sign of their commitment to democratic values and determination to have a say in the future of their country. Despite a recent, significant increase in attacks by violent extremist groups, a deteriorating...

Gender; Youth

Down But Not Out: Extremists’ Evolving Strategy

Down But Not Out: Extremists’ Evolving Strategy

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

By: Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States

The U.S. State Department Bureau of Counterterrorism recently released its annual report on terrorism. The report concludes that despite the success of efforts to dismantle ISIS, “the terrorist landscape grew more complex.” Extremist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaida, and their affiliates are proving resilient and adjusting to heightened counterterrorism pressure with new attempts to destabilize, seize, and govern territory in fragile states.

Fragility & Resilience

An ‘End-of-War’ Declaration Takes Center Stage in Korea Talks

An ‘End-of-War’ Declaration Takes Center Stage in Korea Talks

Monday, October 15, 2018

By: USIP Staff

As President Trump weighs options for a second meeting between himself and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, public discussion increasingly has taken up this question: Should the United States declare a formal end to the Korean War as a new catalyst for diplomatic efforts to reduce risks of a nuclear confrontation? Two USIP analysts of U.S.-Korea relations say such a declaration would offer advantages if U.S.-South Korean defense cooperation is not compromised.

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Ukraine's Long, Busy Elections Season

Ukraine's Long, Busy Elections Season

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

By: Jonas Claes

Ukraine is in a long, busy election season. Six months before presidential elections in March, posters of Yulia Tymoshenko already dominate the streets of Kyiv, indicating that campaigning is well underway. Parliamentary elections will follow next October. International analysts and Ukrainian media have widely reported on the fear of Russian interference—whether through cyber attacks, other forms of meddling or even military movements in the Donbas.

Electoral Violence

In Niger, Security Requires a Collaborative Strategy

In Niger, Security Requires a Collaborative Strategy

Thursday, September 27, 2018

By: Emily Cole; Ramatou Adamou Gado

Over the summer, police in Niamey, Niger agreed to participate in a live radio call-in show to discuss security concerns, including complaints about police behavior. The police previously had declined to participate in similar activities but had come to see the value of direct communication with the community. In Niger and throughout Africa’s Sahel region, small steps like this toward communication and accountability, and larger changes in policy, are needed to encourage communities to work with security services.

Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Democracy & Governance