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Pope Francis: One More International Observer for Human Rights in Mexico

Daniella Burgi-Palomino | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Daniella Burgi-Palomino

Throughout the next few days, Pope Francis will have the opportunity to be close to some of Mexico's most vulnerable populations including indigenous communities, children, youth, and prison inmates, among the thousands of others that will flock to see him.

Civil Society Should Not Be Locked Out of Syria Talks

Brian Dooley | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Brian Dooley

It's hard to see how any informed political deal can be found without direct input from those battling to hold what's left of Syrian society together. Putting civil society's concerns and proposed solutions at the heart of negotiations is essential to producing a sustainable deal.

Anger Should Be Used Productively

Pamela A. Lewis | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Pamela A. Lewis

Anger is not new to America. It was what fueled the colonists to revolt and forge a new nation; anger has been behind America's great civil rights movements that sought to confront and eradicate injustice; it is what inspires us to change wrong to right.

The Importance of Civil Society in the Arab World

George Batah | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
George Batah

An equivalent of the Marshall Plan is essential in order to rebuild the Middle East, cleanse it from terrorism, modernize industries, build its human capital, develop resilient economies and give the region hope of a better future and the world hope of perpetual peace.

Finding a Balance Between Counterterrorism and Supporting NGOs

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Fear and anxiety should not encourage U.S. NGOs to first ask local partners or activists if they are terrorists before they ask if they can be partners.

5 Priorities for Civil Society in 2016

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

As the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos kicks off, all sorts of people will be making all sorts of predictions about the future. So I thought I would have a go as well. Here are five big things that civil society needs to pay attention to in 2016.

Africa's Success Story

John Feffer | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
John Feffer

The most impressive person I met in Botswana barely said a word. She was an older woman, small in stature. We were sitting next to each other at a ta...

Hungary's Autocratic Regime and Society's Third Sector

Jon Van Til | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Jon Van Til

The prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, established himself as a youthful orator when he joined with the emerging political elite of his society ...

Stop the New Arms Race Before It's Too Late

Beatrice Fihn | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Beatrice Fihn

If nuclear war happened today, it wouldn't be two blocks of states challenging each other in a deadly arms race, but also the "new kids on the nuclear block," such as India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.

Albania: Ambassador Lu's Watch List

Fron Nahzi | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Fron Nahzi

As a driving force behind Albania's judicial reforms, US Ambassador Donald Lu recently told a room full of judges that they were divided into two grou...

Chinese Police Scuffle With Protesters At Free Speech Champion's Trial

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 12.14.2015 | World

BEIJING -- One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, stood trial Monday while police and plainclothes enforcers vio...

A Call To All Albanians

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

It is Wednesday 9-December-2015. Only the day before former Albania's Finance Minister Arben Malaj has invited me to present "The Drama Of Albania" before his elite master's students at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana.

Is Islamophobia Creating Terrorists?

Setareh Sabety | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Setareh Sabety

Is ‪Islamophobia‬ creating ‪‎terrorists‬? This is a question that many don't dare to ask. But ask we must.

Putting Leadership on the Global Education Agenda

Wendy Kopp | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kopp

This October at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting in Lima, Peru, the development community came together and discussed the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals.

When Closing Civil Society Space Means Killing Human Rights Defenders

Brian Dooley | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Murderous attacks on HRDs are too often left out of the closing civil society discussion, sanitizing the conversation and reducing it to one about legislation and policy.

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.