Eleven years ago today, the United Nations Security Council adopted a new resolution –UNSCR 1325 – the first ever resolution to explicitly recognise the impacts of conflict on women. In a ground-breaking move, 1325 mandated the international community to ensure women’s participation in all peace negotiations. This built on years of women practically building peace in their communities, and long term lobbying from women’s rights activists. It was a significant breakthrough for women and peace. (more…)

We are all too familiar with the typical end game that results from war fatigue. The winding-down phase is as symbolic as it is actual, with military bases and defense dollars continuing to flow well after the media stops reporting on the conflict. The current conflict may come to some form of conclusion, but the larger war continues. War fatigue, it seems, is a key element in the larger story of perpetual war. (more…)

There are dreams of justice and equality that must seem silly to many. There are dreams of alleviating poverty and hunger, and dreams of educational opportunity for all children. There are even dreams of eliminating war. It is not silly to fight for a better future, and certainly not silly to fight to assure the future itself. (more…)

Just as during the Vietnam War years, such questions about U.S. policy in one region lead to even larger questions about the American stance in the world — and sooner or later, some of those questioners will dare call it imperialism. Any victory for the doves on the question of policy toward Israel will also be a victory in the ongoing struggle between competing visions of foreign policy, and no one can say where the growing movement of doves might lead. (more…)