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Pathways to Peace: The Fourth Principle

Jordan Ryan is vice president, peace programs, at The Carter Center.

In these times, the task for peacemakers is urgent.

In a series of posts on this blog, I share some of the approaches to waging peace that that The Carter Center and its founder, former President Jimmy Carter, have developed or learned over many years.

Principle No. 4: …

Center Initiative Studies How Daesh Exploits Children

The Carter Center’s Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Extremism initiative has issued a paper that analyzes how the Islamic extremist group targets children in its recruitment materials and uses them in its operations.

“Children are a vital propaganda tool in Daesh’s recruitment phenomenon,” the paper states. They appear in videos to illustrate a range of Daesh narratives.

But children aren’t …

We Accomplish Much by Working Together

After leaving the White House, Rosalynn and I searched our hearts for ways to use our unique position to help those less fortunate around the world. We knew that two issues were of paramount importance: advancing peace and preventing human suffering.

So, in 1982 we took a leap of faith and founded The Carter Center. Waging peace, fighting disease, and …

War of Words: Helping Muslim Leaders Fight Terrorist Propaganda | Q&A with Carter Center Expert Houda Abadi

The Carter Center has launched a project that aims to help reduce the stream of foreign fighters joining Daesh. Dr. Houda Abadi, an associate director in the Center’s Conflict Resolution Program, spoke with us about how Daesh recruits and what we can do about it.

Keeping the Peace: Carter Center Helps Liberia’s Chiefs Prepare for Bigger Role in National Security

This month, the United Nations turned over the responsibility for Liberia’s security to the Liberian government.

It’s the first time in 13 years that the government has been solely in charge of keeping the peace.

The transfer comes at a critical time for Liberia, which is still grappling with the aftereffects of 2014’s Ebola outbreak even as it prepares for …

Syria: In Search of Solutions | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “Syria: In Search of Solutions” at The Carter Center on Oct. 13, 2015, an archived version can be viewed below.

Syria’s civil war has been raging for four-plus years, killing over 200,000. Hear what The Carter Center is doing to help Syria, from holding consultations with key players to discussing a possible political transition to operating …

Peace in Liberia, 10 Years Later | Webcast Archive

In case you missed “Peace in Liberia, 10 Years Later” at The Carter Center, an archived version of the webcast can be viewed below.

Moderated by WABE reporter Jim Burress, panelists discuss Liberia’s progress and setbacks toward a sustainable peace after its 14-year civil war, including the impact of the Ebola crisis on recovery. The Carter Center has worked in …

Justice in Urban Liberia

The Carter Center’s community justice advisors (CJAs) are bringing free legal services – and awareness of how the law should work – to urban slums in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.

In the slideshow below, we follow advisor Stephanie Sayeh as she visits client Massa Sherriff in Peace Island Township, home to many who were forced to flee during Liberia’s long civil …

Carter Center Pursues Lasting Peace in the Sudans

The geographic lines dividing Sudan and South Sudan “are completely blurry, so we focus on the lines that connect us,” Professor Jok Madut Jok, undersecretary in South Sudan’s Ministry of Culture, said during a “Conversations at The Carter Center” on Oct. 15.

Disputes over borders, an oil pipeline and access to resources persist in Sudan and South Sudan, which separated …

Carter Center Trains Youth Leaders in Liberia

Youth leader Ralph Paye holds a copy of “Mediating Interpersonal and Small Group Conflict.” Paye has attended nearly 10 Carter Center trainings on the rule of law and aspires to be a chief one day. (All photos: The Carter Center)

On Aug. 19-22, the Carter Center’s Access to Justice Project, in collaboration with Liberia’s ministries of Justice and Internal Affairs, …

From Atlanta to Hiroshima: Interns Honor Carters With a Thousand Paper Cranes for Peace

Photo: R. Nix/The Carter Center

A chain of 1,000 origami paper cranes, each painstakingly created by members of the Carter Center’s fall 2011 intern class, was recently hung in the Children’s Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan, in honor of President and Mrs. Carter.

The brainchild of Hiroshima native Makiha Kimura, a 2011-2012 YKK (Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation) intern in the Conflict …

Public Radio International Highlights Judicial System in Liberia

Public Radio International’s “The World” examines Liberia’s struggle with land disputes, as citizens return home after the war to find others living on land they claim as their own, in a story aired Aug. 3. The story also features the Carter Center’s John Hummel, who explains the country’s need for both a modern legal system and tribal justice system, and …

Carter Center Honored by Traditional Council of Liberia, Transitions to New Country Representative

The National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTC) recently honored Carter Center efforts in the country at a farewell ceremony for the Center’s outgoing country representative, John Hummel. Hummel was gowned in traditional clothing as a show of appreciation to him and The Carter Center for “its good will to the Liberian people,” describing him as “a son whom they will …

Voice of America Features Carter Center’s Access to Justice Project in Liberia

The Carter Center’s new initiative to help Liberia’s indigenous leaders manage local disputes was recently featured by Voice of America. The Center’s efforts follow a 15-county consultation on the rule of law with traditional leaders in 2009, and a request from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Traditional Council for help strengthening the capacity of local leaders to …

Join Us for Conversations on Wednesday, March 10

In his new book, “Wars, Guns, and Votes,” Oxford economist Paul Collier argues that the international community – presumably including The Carter Center – focuses too much on holding elections and ignores the underlying problems of insecurity and lack of checks and balances essential for democratic development. Collier will discuss his concerns during a Carter Center Conversation on Wednesday from …