Peace and Conflict

Israeli Peace Initiative: Who We Are

Israeli Peace Initiative: Who We Are

By The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) Group
Location Israel Israel

Israel must decide on its future from a position of strength and not to be dragged along by events. [Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles examining the Israeli Peace Initiative.] The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) is a nonpartisan movement whose 800 members come from left, center and left—and represent business, hi-tech, academic, security, diplomatic, civil society and media communities. We are the first to propose a regional initiative to end […]

My Reaction to the Charlie Hebdo Attack

My Reaction to the Charlie Hebdo Attack

By Zubair Torwali, Researcher, Linguist and Human Rights Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

What we need now is a “narrative of dialogue and coexistence.” The terror attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, though not surprising, is yet another blow to Europe’s multiculturalism. The murderers, who are alleged Islamist terrorists, once again pose pertinent questions to those who believe in a free and pluralistic society. It is a difference of world views, between secular Europe and extremist Muslims. The former takes freedom of “all expression” for granted while […]

The State of Global Security After The Fall of The Berlin Wall

The State of Global Security After The Fall of The Berlin Wall

By Donika Emini, Researcher at the Kosovar Center for Security Studies in Prishtina
Location Kosovo Kosovo

NATO and its expansion—despite the fact that it was effective in the past—cannot provide answers to every transatlantic security issue. The fall of the Berlin Wall was indeed one of the most remarkable events in the twentieth century. The German reunification and retreat of Soviet forces in the 1990s did open a new era of reform in Europe as the German diplomat Mr. Wolfgang Ischinger stressed. Henceforth, the NATO of 1989 has proven to be […]

The Growing Support in Israel for a Regional Approach

The Growing Support in Israel for a Regional Approach

By The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) Group
Location Israel Israel

We hope to see more leaders who understand the criticality of an Israeli endorsement of the API as the way forward. Historically, all Israeli governments have regarded peace with all of our Arab neighbors as an ideal end-goal. However, prevailing logic has held that by dividing up the regional end-goal into a series of bilateral agreements, Israel would have a greater chance of protecting her vital interests, while an overall regional or international arrangement would […]

Outsiders Among Their Own: Silencing Moderate Voices in Palestine

Outsiders Among Their Own: Silencing Moderate Voices in Palestine

By Zeina Barakat, PhD Student and Lecturer at Freidrich Schiller University at Jena
Location Germany Germany

We need more moderate and courageous leaders who can make painful compromises without being intimidated by extremists. When Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi took his students to the Nazi concentration death camps in Auschwitz in March 2014, he sought to teach them about empathy, tolerance and reconciliation. However, back home he was met with angry outrage and even death threats by his fellow Palestinians. The uproar that took place in Palestinian society after Professor Dajani had […]

Comparing Ghani and Abdullah’s Vision for Afghanistan

Comparing Ghani and Abdullah’s Vision for Afghanistan

By Ahmad Hasib Farhan, Afghan Analyst and Commentator
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah’s runoff election puts a high burden of responsibility for Afghans to select their future leader. The runoff elections will take place on June 14, between the two leading candidates, former finance minister and World Bank technocrat Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and former foreign minister and warlord of the northern alliance Abdullah Abdullah. Peace is one of the prime demands of the nation that their next president must bring to this […]

Afghan Youth and Peace

Afghan Youth and Peace

By Inayat Ur Rehman, Political Science and International Relations Student
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

The majority of Afghan youth do not see a bright future in politics and therefore turn to illicit behavior such as joining a militia or selling drugs. My perspective is without the youth struggle, it is impossible to achieve success, particularly in peace building. Youth have novel ideas and are energized to implement their ideas. The youth have capabilities to create new thinking and make social changes which lead to new ways for peace. The […]