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Kroc Institutde for International Peace Studies

Afghanistan

Strategies for Madrasa Engagement

Strategies for Madrasa Engagement

Mahan Mirza One could mention several different reasons for influential actors from the West to systematically engage religious institutions and scholars in the Muslim world. The first is for the purpose of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. An example of this kind...

The Myth of a Perfect Weapon and a Perfect War

The Myth of a Perfect Weapon and a Perfect War

Cora Currier is on staff at The Intercept and a journalist with a focus on national security, foreign affairs, and human rights. Her work has been published in Stars and Stripes, The Nation, Al Jazeera America and many other outlets. Last fall, my colleagues at The...

A Conference to Assess Drone Warfare

A Conference to Assess Drone Warfare

Chicago — The Kroc Institute recently assembled some of the world’s leading experts on counterterrorism strategy, ethics and the use of force, international law and civil and human rights for a conference (March 19-21) on “The Ethical, Strategic and Legal Implications...

Afghan Women at the Table

Afghan Women at the Table

David Cortright and Kristen Wall The U.S. is set to withdraw the bulk of its forces from Afghanistan by 2014. This transition period is fraught with risk for Afghan women, many of whom have benefited during 10 years of improved access to education, health care, and...

Women Are Essential to Peacebuilding

Women Are Essential to Peacebuilding

Jennifer Freeman and Dee Aker October 2010 marked the 10th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls for women to be engaged in all phases of securing, building, and maintaining peace. Commemorative events have focused on the...

Reversing a Deadly Dynamic in Afghanistan

Reversing a Deadly Dynamic in Afghanistan

David Cortright As the scale of the military intervention has increased in Afghanistan, so has the armed violence and influence of the Taliban. Reversing this deadly dynamic will require an approach that pursues demilitarization through the gradual disengagement of...

Is Afghanistan a ‘Good War’?

Is Afghanistan a ‘Good War’?

David Cortright This article includes video content. (4:00) The goal of defeating Al Qaeda and preventing global terrorist strikes is a just cause. But current U.S. war policies in Afghanistan will not achieve that goal. In fact, they may make matters worse. U.S....

A Necessary War Taken to Unnecessary Extremes

A Necessary War Taken to Unnecessary Extremes

Michael Desch The United States’ military response to Al Qaeda in Afghanistan following 9/11 was morally justified. It was an act of self-defense against a dangerous Taliban regime in cahoots with the perpetrators of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the...