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Libyan Politicians, Civil Society Activists, and Citizens Gather Together For Televised Debate Program About the Future of Libya

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Conor McCormick-Cavanagh

News of Libya is often mired in stories about violence. Positive updates are tough to pick out; yet, a non-violent, hopeful story has developed, as Li...

A Silent Battle of Power

Beatrice Fihn | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Beatrice Fihn

The United Nations General Assembly adopts countless resolutions on nuclear weapons, every year. But this year something was different. At the UN headquarters in New York, a significant battle over nuclear weapons took place.

More Inclusive Governance In The Digital Age

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Governments should create channels to empower existing communities and their networks. Networks are digital, hyper-local, and at the same time, global. High levels of experimentation are necessary to test and pioneer diverse strategies in cities of different sizes.

Threatening Libertarianism

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

One of my favorite interviews -- and certainly one of the most important for the future of our country -- is my first with Jeffrey Tucker. If you are of a pro-liberty persuasion, in particular, I invite you to make a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy this very incisive discussion.

Difficult Times for Democracy Demand New Approach, Adjusted Expectations

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 10.20.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

Our most powerful democracy-promoting tool has been our example, but at a time when Washington is in gridlock, putting our house in order is a prerequisite to effectively promoting democracy abroad.

Prevention vs. Cure: A New Military Mission and a New Model for Veteran Success

Joel Peterson | Posted 10.16.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Post 9/11 veterans commit suicide more, are homeless more, and are jobless more than their civilian counterparts. Underscoring these bleak outcomes, top policy makers have noted that the "evidence appears to be that [serving in the military] is not an advantage."

The Fight to End Hunger: The Role of U.S. NGOs and Global Leadership

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

This September, global leaders from 193 countries came together to agree on an ambitious set of universal goals to reduce poverty and inequality.

Government Response to Protests Reveals Clash of Cultures in Beirut

Halim Shebaya | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

This clash did not begin with the 'You Stink' protests due to the garbage crisis. It is arguably the apogee of years of work on social and political issues spearheaded by activists and NGOs working on a wide variety of topics.

War on Islam Comes to Our Backyards

Manal Omar | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion
Manal Omar

The escalation of tension among the American-Muslim community is an opportunity for us to once more examine the role of religion in society from a multi-disciplinary lens. It is an opportunity to reject the simplistic and sensational narrative that is leading to a cycle of violence.

Pope Francis -- A Call to Something Greater

Kathleen Schafer | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Schafer

As with any natural cycle what was once great must die to make way for the new; Pope Francis is reminding us that we don't need to cling to what no longer serves us, rather to look inside ourselves to the greatness that seeded our success at the outset.

Building a Stronger Civil Society to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

As the international community comes together at the U.N. General Assembly to set the new global sustainable development agenda, today progress was made toward fulfilling the goal of promoting health and well-being for people in the most challenging environments around the world.

The Post-2015 Agenda: A Global Call to Increase Civil Society Space

Lindsay Coates | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Over the past 15 years, our thinking has shifted - the role of local agency and self-determination has become central to the policy discussion, though I would argue it has always been central to how humans make progress.

The Demonization of Dissent

Harlan Loeb | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Harlan Loeb

It's become an avalanche and it's ugly and frightening. It's the demonization of dissent - and it is a crisis we must address.

Lebanon's Uprising Could Shake The Country's Sectarian Foundations

Kareem Chehayeb | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Kareem Chehayeb

This isn't just about garbage; it's about everything. For many years, people complained about the country. But aimlessly and without hope for any meaningful change. I believe they've come to the realization that democracy isn't a spectator sport.

From Hiroshima to Marshall Islands: Nuclear Weapons Must Be Banned

Beatrice Fihn | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Beatrice Fihn

Just a few weeks after the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 29th marks the International Day against Nuclear Testing.

Fighting Corruption in Mauritania's Iron, Gold, Oil and Fisheries Sectors

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Ba Papa Amadou has played a leading role in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Mauritania for over eight years.

Is an Emerging Patriotism Driving Good Governance in Africa? Views from Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks.

Building a New Role for U.S. NGOs as Active Global Citizens

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

In a meeting with a group of international nonprofit CEOs, one organization recently stated that all of its programs frequently impact 100 million peo...

What If We Are Not All Created Equal?

Cody Cain | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

One little detail in the fine print is that even though you can be anything you wish to be, in order to actually achieve it, you must compete against and beat out everyone else in the world who is also vying for that very same position. And of course only one person will win, and everyone else will lose.

What We Mean by "Civic Space" and Where We're Pushing Back

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

What is civic space? It's the ability for health clinics to operate freely towards eradicating polio in Pakistan, it enables humanitarians to rapidly deliver shelter after a hurricane in the Philippines, and it is imperative to the fight for greater justice and equality in South Africa, and here at home.

Communicate with Clarity & Leave No One Behind: How the UN Is Scaling Sustainability in a Post-2015 World, Part 1

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

On July 8th I had the unique opportunity and pleasure to speak with Ms. Mohammed about the post-2015 development process and agenda.

Communicate With Clarity & Leave No One Behind: How the UN Is Scaling Sustainability in a Post-2015 World, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.05.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 of 2: A Conversation with Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning The fate of humani...

Greenpeace Calls for End of Private Fishing Deals in West Africa, Questions E.U. Food Security Claims

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Till Bruckner

Lawlessness at sea is a hot topic this summer, with the New York Times running an investigative series on the issue and the nascent Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) beginning to pick up steam. Two experts from Greenpeace connected the dots for me and explained why we should care.

Overcoming the Israeli-Palestinian Psychosocial Barrier

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The current young generation of Israelis and Palestinians need to see each other through a different lens and adjust psychologically to accept that coexistence is irrevocable, and they must choose to either live in constant violent hostility, or in peace.

State Department's TechCamps Provide Strategic Digital Tools for Journalists, NGOs

Sarah Granger | Posted 07.08.2015 | Technology
Sarah Granger

I first visited the quaint Eastern European city of Riga, Latvia in the summer of 1989. Nestled between the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Estonia, Latvia represented the second stop in our People to People delegation of Kansas high school students touring the USSR.