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Voices of Peace from Nigeria
Published April 21, 2014 | By Laura Brisard
From the outside, conflict dynamics can be bewildering in their complexity, particularly in a country as vast as Nigeria with telescoping fault-lines and polarities. After gaining independence from the United Kingdom in October 1960, the country fell into a civil war that killed over a million people before it finally ended in 1970. Military rule gave way to the Fourth Republic with the election of Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999. Since then conflict in Nigeria has included an insurgency in the Niger Delta which deescalated in 2009 as a result of an amnesty program for militants, periodic outbreaks of killing in the Middle Belt, and rising levels of violence in the Northeast. Read More...
Event: Women's Voices from Fragile States and Why They Matter
FFP Event - May 2, 2014
Please join us for this event on women in fragile states. This will be a conversation led by Ambassador Melanne Verveer of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Panelists will discuss the challenges that women face in fragile states, and some areas where women are taking the lead in reconciliation; what happens to girls and women as the most vulnerable and often most neglected victims in conflict afflicted states; and why telling these stories is so important and how we can make sure others see and hear these stories. Read More...
The Price of the Recession: Social Resilience and National Resilience
Published April 3, 2014 | By Katherine Carter
The Failed States Index (FSI) uses political, economic, and economic indicators to determine the relative stability of a nation state and its resilience to potential unrest. The FSI examines how successfully states maintain legitimacy and cohesion in the face of internal or external pressures, but does not speak to how social trends in particular countries change in response to those pressures. In contrast to national resilience, social resilience refers to a community’s capacity to adapt and cope with significant adversity and to prepare for future challenges. As a ranking of states’ fragility, the indicators used in the FSI enable us to track countries’ progress from year to year, but do not easily convey the human cost of instability and how societies cope with instability on an emotional level. Read More...
The CAST Conflict Assessment Framework Manual Has Been Republished
Published March 10, 2014
FFP focuses on developing practical strategies and constructive tools for meeting security challenges stemming from weak and failing states. One of those tools is CAST (Conflict Assessment System Tool), a methodology developed by FFP for assessing the vulnerability of states to collapse. It measures this vulnerability in pre-conflict, active conflict and post-conflict situations. The methodology uses both qualitative and quantitative indicators, relies on public source data, and produces quantifiable results. It has diverse applications for governments, international organizations, private corporations, humanitarian organizations, the military, academic scholars and the media. Read More...
Remembering Russell Hemenway, Former FFP Board Member
Published February 5, 2014 | By George Lehner
The Board of Trustees and staff of the Fund for Peace remember fondly our former Board member, Russell Hemenway, who passed away on January 30, at the age of 88. Russ joined the Board of FFP shortly after it was founded and ultimately was elected a life member of the FFP Board. Russ was also Chair of the Board of one of FFP's larger projects, the National Security Archive, now an independent organization. His commitment and dedication to the mission of the Fund for Peace were constant. His voice and commitment to the cause of peace will be missed. Read More...
Why We Renamed the Human Rights & Business Roundtable
Published January 14, 2014 | By J. J. Messner
When The Fund for Peace’s Human Rights & Business Roundtable was founded in 1996, the relationship between business and human rights was a hot topic, and one that called for much debate. Nearly two decades later, though human rights remains a core theme, the Roundtable has broadened its scope of issues, particularly around implementation and good practices. The Roundtable now examines issues as diverse as sustainable livelihoods and foreign direct investment – though these issues can certainly have a human rights angle, such topics are unarguably much broader than that. Read More...
M23's Surrender Brings Some Optimism to DRC...
But Not Too Much.
Published December 17, 2013 | By Asibi Danjuma
Following nearly two years of a bloody insurgency, a sense of calm settled upon the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the M23 rebel group called a halt to its operations that have brought terror to the eastern part of the country since April 2012. The last strongholds of the armed group in Tshanzu and Runyoni were captured by the Congolese army, the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC), in early November and talks shifted to hopes of sustained disarmament and peace. Read More...
Briefing: Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Continues to Unfold
Published December 11, 2013 | By Jacob Grunberger
On Friday March 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm JST, an earthquake registered as a 9.0 on the Richter Scale occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan. The earthquake was comparable in its magnitude to the earthquake that hit Sumatra in 2004, roughly the equivalent of 23,000 Nagasaki bombs being simultaneously detonated. The earthquake and ensuing tsunami destroyed towns and infrastructure, ultimately ending in billions of dollars worth of damage and the confirmed loss of about 16,000 lives. Located on the northeast coast of Japan, 219 kilometers from Tokyo, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant run by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) felt the first effects of the event. Read More...
The Central African Republic: A Failing State in Free Fall
Published November 27, 2013 | By Patricia Taft
Every year, when the Failed States Index is published, we are asked to provide an example of a state that is failing “quietly.” A state that, except perhaps for a handful of concerned parties and outside business interests, does not make most international priority lists. And every year we mention the Central African Republic (CAR). This impoverished, deeply underdeveloped, diamond-rich country is in a very bad neighborhood indeed. Now, however, the country has become a fulcrum of instability in its own right. One that, without some immediate efforts to stop what has been rightfully termed by the International Crisis Group as a “free fall,” is bound to set off a new wave of catastrophe in beleaguered Central Africa. Read More...