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September 7, 2018

Afghanistan
The Future for Peace in Afghanistan is Much Brighter

Women are at the center of a push for an Afghanistan whose future looks different from its past. Recently, female activists spent days poring over a letter they wrote that urges the United Nations to…

Afghan women mourn inside a hospital compound after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

August 24, 2018

North Korea
Global Conflict This Week: United States Appoints Special Representative to North Korea

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

South Korean soldier stands guard.

July 10, 2018

Afghanistan
Champions for Change: Afghan Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib

Champions for Change is a series highlighting male allies working to advance equality across the globe. This interview features Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan Ambassador to the United States. 

Ambassador Mohib with the Afghan Girls' Robotics Team.

June 22, 2018

Wars and Conflict
Global Conflict This Week: June 22, 2018

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

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June 15, 2018

Afghanistan
Afghan Cease-fires Could Pave Path to Peace

Overlapping, temporary ceasefires by the Afghan government, U.S.-led NATO forces, and the Taliban are signs that there is room to move toward a political dialogue to end the conflict.  

People take part in morning prayers in Kabul

June 15, 2018

Wars and Conflict
Global Conflict This Week: June 15, 2018

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

Afghan policeman in Kabul, Afghanistan

November 9, 2017

Afghanistan War
Why the Time Is Right to Talk to the Taliban

A peace process with the Taliban is almost certainly the best way to end the war in Afghanistan, and arguments for postponing efforts to get one underway overlook the costs of prolonging the conflict…

Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar Province attend a surrender ceremony in 2016.

May 15, 2017

Japan
Helen Hardacre: Political Realignment Among Japan’s Religions

Shinto priests walk in a line to attend a ritual to usher in the upcoming New Year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on December 31, 2016 (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon).  

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May 5, 2017

Japan
Japan’s Constitutional Debate Accelerates

This blog post is part of a series entitled Will the Japanese Change Their Constitution?, in which leading experts discuss the prospects for revising Japan’s postwar constitution. May 3rd was Cons…

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October 15, 2016

Iran
Assad Bows to Iran, Even in Clothing

Check out these two photos of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, celebrating the Eid al-Adha in 2012 and 2016. The men to his left and right are the same people, dressed the same way. But Assad is no…

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (2nd R) performs prayers for Eid al-Adha, at al-Afram Mosque in al-Muhajirin area in Damascus October 26, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria’s national news agency SANA (SANA/Reuters).