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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.

Kenyan Corruption Undermines Fight Against Extremism

Brian Dooley | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Since 2012, at least 600 people have been killed in Kenya by terrorist group al Shabab, including at least 67 at Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in 2013 and 148 at Garissa University College in April 2015. There have been attacks in the coastal area and in other parts of the country. However, police corruption destroys trust in the government's ability to fight terrorism properly.

Countering Violent Extremism and Bridging the Security-Development Gap

Dr. Khalid Koser | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Dr. Khalid Koser

There remains in many administrations a gap between those government agencies charged with security, and those with responsibility for overseas development. Countering violent extremism depends on bridging this gap.

A Bad Year For Yara Sallam In Egypt's Republic Of Fear

Brian Dooley | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

June 21 will mark one year since Egyptian human rights defender Yara Sallam and 22 others were arrested in the Cairo. Yara and the others with her shouldn't be in jail. They should be helping to build a better future for the country -- not passing their days making bookmarks or perfecting their origami skills.

What FIFA Can Teach NGOs -- And Vice Versa

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

Amidst all the sponsorship deals and the vast sums of money, it's easy to forget that FIFA is actually one of the oldest and biggest NGOs in the world.

Why We Exist and How We Can Evolve

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

We live in a globalized world. Corporations work across national boundaries and government policies continue to be shaped by international norms. Local civil society working on its own is no match for these forces. This is where nonprofits that work globally come into the picture.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad NGO?: The Hungarian Regime's War on Its Critics Opens Opportunities for Civil Sector Advance

Jon Van Til | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Jon Van Til

For some time now, the regime currently in control of Hungary has been waging war against a significant portion of its country's nonprofit organizations.

After Ebola: How Civil Society Can Help Mitigate the Next Crisis

Randal Mason | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Randal Mason

After a period of intense national suffering, Liberia has just been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization. In addition to thanking the dedicated health care workers in her country, President Sirleaf acknowledged the key role civil society played in helping to turn the tide.

The Predictable Disaster in Nepal

Blair Glencorse | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

Despite the challenges, Nepal has huge amounts of social capital, diaspora engagement, international goodwill and access to regional resources. It is time for all of us to capitalize on these and make sure the earthquake response is timely, fair and accountable. This is the very least the people of Nepal deserve.

How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Bahman Baktiari

After thirty-six years of mutual satanization, it is easy to advance pessimistic arguments and to be doubtful about a future in which Iran and the United States will no longer be enemies. However, the nuclear negotiations and the prospect of a final nuclear accord demonstrate the fiction of the idea of permanent enemies destined to be in conflict with each other.

Saudi Leadership Changes Highlight Contradictions in U.S. Middle East Policy

Neil Hicks | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Neil Hicks

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has issued decrees removing his half-brother, Prince Muqrin, as Crown Prince and replacing him with Mohammed bin Nayef. Bin Nayef has been described as "America's favorite Saudi official." It is a description that points to a contradiction at the heart of U.S. policy in the region.

Trouble in Paradise: How U.S. Ally UAE Crushes Dissent

Brian Dooley | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

When they meet next month, President Obama should look beyond UAE's fancy PR campaign and ask Sheikh Mohammed why peaceful critics are in jail, why their lawyers are intimidated from representing them and their witnesses harassed, and why the UAE thinks the best way to fight terrorism is with repression.

Infographic: How to Respond to an Outbreak - Success Factors for Fighting off Ebola

Yana Watson Kakar | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Yana Watson Kakar

Over a year has passed since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began. In that narrow window of time, the disease has claimed more than 10,000 lives, stalled economic growth, and hampered -- if not reversed -- gains the region had made in strengthening public health infrastructure and service delivery.

Giving Rights to Future Generations -- Why It's Needed and How it Can Be Done

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

The post-2015 framework is about development justice in our immediate future but also about building a new framework for many generations to come. The problem, however, is that people cannot think and act long term if their daily life is an existential struggle.

Why Global Civil Society Needs to Stand Together

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

In many ways, global civil society has flourished in recent years. The UN is making unprecedented formal efforts to facilitate civil society participation in the post 2015 global development framework and there is widespread recognition of the vital role civil society will play in delivering this agenda. And, on the streets, ours is an era of mass protest.

Foreign Agents

John Feffer | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's time for a confession. I have worked as a "foreign agent."

Turning Dream Jobs Into Reality: Managing Director of Solidarity Now in Greece, Epaminondas Farmakis

Sara Lee Bentley | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Sara Lee Bentley

Everyone has a "dream job" lying dormant in their hearts. Unfortunately, it's usually plagued by one negative thought: that it can't become a reality.

Missing the Forest for the Trees: It's Time to Shift Our Focus from Iran's Leaders to Its Youth

Marjan Ehsassi | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Marjan Ehsassi

Regardless of the outcome of the nuclear talks, there exists an opportunity to promote a more durable relationship that is rooted in citizen to citizen engagement, particularly with Iran's burgeoning youth population.

How to Launch People in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
John Feffer

Stocznia, which is Polish for "shipyard," is a different kind of NGO. It functions like a university. It focuses on transforming people. And in that sense it's an educational institution -- but not like any educational institution you might have encountered in the past.

Hungary's Green Wave Crashes

John Feffer | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met the biologist Gyongyi Mangel in 1990, her enthusiasm was contagious. So much was going on in Hungarian civil society that it was hard to keep track of all the new initiatives. She was passionate about connecting issues and it was hard not to get caught up in her can-do spirit.

Swaziland, the King of Old-Fashioned Repression

Brian Dooley | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

It sounds like a case from the 1950s: a human rights lawyer thrown into jail after daring to criticize the country's judiciary. But Thulani Maseko is unlucky enough to be living in Swaziland, Africa's only remaining absolute monarchy, and to be blessed with the sort of personal courage that makes him vocal about injustice.

Making Change: Nordic Countries And Gender Equality in Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.13.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Would Swedish actress and Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman have made a good producer or director? Hollywood movie fans may not know much about the Sca...

The Future of Peace

Annabel Hertz | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Annabel Hertz

There is no reason to believe that citizens, more generally, cannot compel governments to act earlier and in concert to avert war. But this requires exerting an unprecedented, united, highly focused and sustained effort.

Countering Violent Extremism: The President's Call to Action

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

You could watch the news and conclude that countering this threat from ISIS and al Qaeda is a "Muslim problem." That isn't the case however -- this is a threat that impacts the wellness of all of our communities and tests the strength of our founding principles.