Fragile states are tremendous problems when viewed at the national level, and no uniform set of prescriptions fits every unique situation. Sometimes, the key is to focus in on local conflicts where symptoms can be more easily identified and treated.
The overwhelming majority of conflict resolution work done in the 1990s and 2000s was funded by governments. But today's peacetech projects are launched by digital humanitarians bootstrapping their own startups.
Like American public diplomacy efforts in the Arab world, the Confucius Institute--the franchise of Chinese educational facilities that was promoted in the Arabic CRI broadcast--also encounters opposition in some countries where it maintains a presence.
Safdie's open, light-filled design befits an organization dedicated to the better angels of our nature -- the building has the grandeur of a typical D.C. landmark but exhibits an airiness unusual in the city's monuments.