UN Bureaucracy? No, Thanks

    by  • May 14, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 10 Comments

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    After more than 30 years of service, I retired from the United Nations as an assistant secretary-general, Special Adviser on Environment and Peace Operations, at the end of 2015, but to officially conclude my tenure with the UN, there was bureaucratic paperwork to contend with, to which Bartleby the Scrivener, Melville’s reluctant clerk, might...

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    International Tactics to Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism Miss the Real Problem

    by  • May 4, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    A man in Agadez, Niger, a desert outpost that has become a migrant way station to Libya, wears a watch bearing the face of Libya's former leader, Muammar Qaddafi. JOE PENNEY/REUTERS

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Terrorism and violent extremism are the most dramatic threats in the 21st century to state monopoly on the use of force, a cornerstone of the international system. In recent years, the failure of early counterterrorism efforts to stop the multiplication and geographic expansion of terrorist groups has shifted attention to countering violent...

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    How Trauma Therapy Can Help to Reduce Cycles of Violence

    by  • April 26, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    A Malian soldier gestures to his comrades during fighting with Islamists in Gao, February 21, 2013. French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces. JOE PENNEY

    ÉCHENEVEX, France — While psychological trauma affects perhaps as many as 500 million victims worldwide, and adversely impacts human and social development on a massive scale, its most devastating — but least suspected — effect may well be the potential for peace. How? Because people who have been traumatized by violence or abuse could...

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    Colombia Needs to Take a Gendered Approach to Make Peace Last

    by  • January 18, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — While most combatants in Colombia’s conflict have been men, women’s participation in the construction of peace is badly needed for peace to be sustainable. When the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325, mandating the full, equal participation of women at peace talks, it was an attempt to bridge the gap...

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