United and Mobilized, Citizens Can Combat Corruption

United and Mobilized, Citizens Can Combat Corruption

Sunday, December 9, 2018

By: Davin O'Regan; Samson Itodo

December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day, and this year’s theme emphasizes unity and mobilizing fellow citizens. Nothing could be more appropriate. While the scale of corruption globally makes for a grim outlook, citizens working together around the world have demonstrated time and again that “people power” is an effective means for confronting fraud and abuse.

Democracy & Governance

If History is Any Guide, Bangladesh Elections are About to Get Ugly

If History is Any Guide, Bangladesh Elections are About to Get Ugly

Monday, December 3, 2018

By: Jonas Claes

Elections in Bangladesh are traditionally a violent affair, and the general elections on December 30 will be no different. The leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Khaleda Zhia, is imprisoned for alleged corruption, while recent confrontations between her supporters and the police led to widespread destruction and several dozen injuries in the first violent marches of the election season.

Electoral Violence

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