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No One is Born a Killer

Search for Common Ground | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

By Lena Slachmuijlder I remember the meetings well. Rape, pillage, murder, extortion... the list of heinous offenses committed by Congolese soldiers ...

Teenage War Survivor Gives Me Hope

Search for Common Ground | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

I'll never forget the story of two girls in particular, no more than 15 years old. Pushpa was a Dalit, an untouchable, and Susheela was a Brahmin, the priest and artisan caste. In their communities, this meant absolutely no mixing together. Their friendship challenged long-held traditions.

An Online Pledge That Might Actually Change the World

Search for Common Ground | Posted 11.07.2013 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt's about changing your response to conflict. It's about having the skills to create constructive dialogue in heated situations, with uncomfortable topics.

Offensive Halloween Costumes: Not That Big of a Deal?

Search for Common Ground | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt is more complex than just a handful of people wearing costumes that other people don't like. It's about collective ignorance, privilege and trauma.

Guinea Elections: Not Just Another Day at the Polls

Search for Common Ground | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThe stillness hit me first -- no honking sounds from passing cars, no street vendors offering their wares -- just overwhelming silence. During my time in Guinea, silence had become an omen of trouble.

Religious Leaders Uniting the Nation for Peace

Search for Common Ground | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

Together, we reminded each Zimbabwean, regardless of political or religious persuasion, to take responsibility for peace. The religious leaders, though not perfect, must be recognized for their role in the peace process.

Peace: From Fairytale to Very Tangible

Search for Common Ground | Posted 12.05.2013 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

Why is it when I mention striving for "peace" to friends and family, I sense internal eye rolls and receive polite, patronizing smiles?

Women: Leaders of Peace

Brian D. Hanley | Posted 11.26.2011 | Women
Brian D. Hanley

War has a disproportionate impact on women and girls, and their potential for sustaining peace often goes unrealized and untapped.

Engaging Men in the Effort to End Violence Against Women

Search for Common Ground | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

As more women in developing nations are empowered to promote their own advancement and security, NGOs can't forget those who have the power to instantly change the treatment of women -- men.

Next Generation Wealth -- Creating Pathways for Armies of Good

April Rudin | Posted 10.01.2011 | Impact
April Rudin

Attending the Nexus Summit were progeny of first generation entrepreneurs whose parents have created and sold firms to large conglomerates and their family has become instantly wealthy by a single event.

The Conflicted Role Of Religion In The 'Rights' Of Children

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Making child rights into something that helps the children who need them most means hard, collaborative work by often unlikely partners.

Ivory Coast at a Crossroads

Joel Kangha | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
Joel Kangha

If the people who have just taken office and their international supporters want to see a definitive close to Ivory Coast's dark chapter, they'll have to do more than say the right words.

A 3D Approach to US Foreign Policy

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

What does it mean for the US to take a 3D -- development, diplomacy, and defense -- approach to foreign policy?

Muslims Become Integral To American Seminaries

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Even as an institution that trains Muslim American clergy remains in discussion, Muslim students are now becoming valued as essential participants in divinity and seminary programs across the United States.

The Abortion Debate: Open Hearts, Open Minds And Tragedy As A Fair-Minded Word

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

Abortion is a tragedy in and of itself, regardless of whether or not we, as individuals or as a society, feel that it is so.

Peace Through Moderation: U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative's Work with Pakistan at Harvard Club

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The Peace Through Moderation (PtM) project of the Alliance for Peacebuilding hosted last week an engaging and exclusive reception recently featuring t...

Muslims & Non-Muslims Hear about Terrorist Threat, Solutions at Harvard Club

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

An accomplished and diverse group of people -- Muslim and non-Muslim -- who share a common concern about growing extremism and the threat it poses to ...

One Year After Cairo Speech: The U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt one year ago was ground-breaking and transformational. While its impact was an...

Peace Through Moderation to Intro Counter-Extremism Strategies at Harvard Club

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

The near-tragedy in Times Square reminded us that hatred is both home-grown and foreign-born. With this is in mind, a distinguished panel will discuss...

The Buffalo Case: Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Can Work Together

Mary Jacksteit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Jacksteit

In 1993 a group of pro-life and pro-choice advocates was formed to bridge deep divisions about abortion in Buffalo, New York. In October that year, a Buffalo abortion provider was murdered.