peace-building


Chiefs of Defense Conference focuses on countering violent extremism



Chiefs of Defense Conference focuses on countering violent extremism
Representatives from 83 nations participated in the third annual Counter Violent Extremist Organizations Chiefs of Defense Conference hosted by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps General Joe Dunford. The event, held in October, included U.S. combatant commanders and commanders of counterterrorism operations from around the world. At… Read More

Former dean speaks on global threat of climate change



Former dean speaks on global threat of climate change
Brigadier General (Ret.) Wendell Chris King, Ph.D., P.E., Dean Emeritus of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) addressed students and faculty from the University of Saint Mary’s (USM) on September 21, the International Day of Peace, as part of the Simons Center Distinguished Speaker Series. The presentation… Read More

Featured Article: Disenfranchisement Breeds Conflict



Featured Article: Disenfranchisement Breeds Conflict
Featured article: Disenfranchisement Breeds Conflict by Benjamin E. Birtles Conflict arises from various sources of competition loosely categorized as either realistic or non-realistic. Disenfranchisement increases group stress leading to increased non-realistic conflict sources, thereby contributing to a higher probability of physical violence. Forcibly implementing political systems that cause disenfranchisement sets… Read More

Africom tool helps advance women, peace, and security



Africom tool helps advance women, peace, and security
A new tool recently developed by U.S. Africa Command (Africom) is being used to measure progress in advancing women, peace, and security (WPS). The assessment tool was developed by Cori Fleser, Africom’s gender advisor, to better integrate WPS efforts into Africom’s security cooperation activities. Africom has made strides to better… Read More

Featured Article: Assessing the Value of Peace Warriors



Featured Article: Assessing the Value of Peace Warriors
Featured article: The Use of Special Operations in Conflict Resolution: Assessing the Value of Peace Warriors by Spencer B. Meredith, III Special Operations Forces (SOF) can serve as conflict resolution experts in places civilian peace practitioners cannot go. While to some this may seem like a controversial claim given the… Read More

Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act introduced to Senate



Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act introduced to Senate
Earlier this month Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016, S. 2551. The act aims to help prevent acts of genocide and mass atrocities, which threaten national and international security,  by enhancing U.S. civilian capacities to prevent and mitigate such… Read More