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Armed Conflict

State of the World's Wars

Joshua S. Goldstein | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Joshua S. Goldstein

Through the haze of horror and grief at war scenes around the world, systematic data collection can provide a needed big-picture perspective. The world's experts on war data, in Uppsala, Sweden, recently released the updated dataset on armed conflicts through 2013.

Gaza's Deadliest Day May Be a Good Chance for Peace

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Bloodshed can produce more bloodshed and retribution, but if seized properly, it can also increase the pressure on the international community to take a second look at a sustainable and effective plan for deescalation.

Is Israel and Hamas Ready for a Ceasefire?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.13.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Calls for an immediate ceasefire notwithstanding, Israel will press on with its bombing in Gaza in the hope that it can achieve a level of deterrence with Hamas that will last far longer than the 18 months that came after its November 2012 air operation.

Obama and Putin Must Stop The Appalling Slaughter of Syria's Children

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Today is World Human Rights Day and is the 20th year to mark this very important event to advance humanity. But to this day millions of children are caught in a viscous cycle of armed conflicts and are exposed to the most egregious forms of violence, deprived of health care and an education.

Wired Humanitarianism

Robert Muggah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Robert Muggah

The humanitarian community finds itself looking inward as it confronts twenty-first century emergencies. Some of the old guard worry that the explosive growth of relief and development organizations is diminishing their efficiency and effectiveness and in some cases politicizing aid.

Targeting the Healers: When Governments Attack Health Workers in Times of Conflict

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Andrea Gittleman

Repressive governments too often target health systems, including doctors, hospitals, and ambulances, as part of a larger crackdown on a civilian population.

We Don't Need a New Drone Rulebook: Follow International Law

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Under international law, in an armed conflict the United States can kill members of the armed forces of the enemy, or civilians while they directly participate in hostilities. In Afghanistan, the United States is still clearly in an armed conflict. But where else does the law of armed conflict apply?

'People Don't Think This War Has Any Impact On Americans? Well, Here It Is'

AP | RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 01.10.2013 | Arts

HOUSTON — It was a moment Nina Berman did not expect to capture when she entered an Illinois wedding studio in 2006. She knew Tyler Ziegel had b...

Child Soldiers and Perpetual War

Suzan Song | Posted 12.06.2011 | World
Suzan Song

Internationally, the world has largely forgotten about the experiences of child soldiers from a decade ago. But now that the wars are over, these child soldiers are now adults, and expected to act as such.

The Economy of Designing Peace

Soren Petersen | Posted 10.22.2011 | Impact
Soren Petersen

While in the past I have always considered myself a pro-peace person, the difficulty I encountered was in seeing how to personally contribute.

Afghanistan: Child Soldiers and Dancing Boys

Radhika Coomaraswamy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Radhika Coomaraswamy

It was the religious elders of the Reis Shura Ulema in Afghanistan who initially apprised me of the practice of Bacha Bazi, where young boys are made to dance and then exploited sexually by the police.