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A woman holds a cloth sign on her back that reads “Power to the Peaceful” at a March For Our Lives rally in Portland, Maine.

All over the world, countries at widely varying levels of development and with very different histories are grappling with a similar challenge: breakdown of common ground in politics. This policy paper, the second contribution to the challenge paper on the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion which will be launched in July 2019 at the UN High-level Political Forum, argues that the solution is to find ways back to a shared sense of common ground, common identity, and common purpose by "untriggering" politics, addressing grievances, and rebuilding common ground.

Jun 18, 2019
Alex Evans

The Democratic Republic of the Congo held national presidential and legislative elections on December 30th 2018. The national electoral commission declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the presidential poll. However, a leak from the same commission, whose results were extremely similar to those released by the Catholic Church’s observation mission, showed that Martin Fayulu, another opposition leader, clearly won the elections.

Despite this controversy, the post-electoral scene has been relatively stable. Tshisekedi was inaugurated on January 24th and has spent his first months traveling abroad––meeting with at least 17 heads of state since January––and in the country. Meanwhile, Martin Fayulu has launched a campaign to contest the election results, holding rallies in several towns across the country.

How do Congolese feel about the events? 

Jun 05, 2019
Jason Stearns
A seamstress sews a garment in a "Multiwear" factory at the Sonapi industrial park in Haiti.

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This policy brief does two broad things. First, the author sets up gender inequality as a dimension of generalized inequality and reviews existing evidence about the links between gender inequality and income inequality. Second, the paper outlines policy solutions and institutional fixes to promote both recognition and redistribution, such as eliminating legal discrimination, social-protection programs, education, social spending, quotas for women in parliament, the recognition and protection of informal-sector workers, and parental leave and related schemes.

This brief is a first contribution to the challenge paper on the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion, part of the Pathfinders initiative, which will be launched in July 2019 at the UN High-level Political Forum. 

Jun 04, 2019
Jeni Klugman
Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda cover

Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda explores what contributions foreign policy can make on the road to achieving sustainable ways of life and provide guidance by pointing out entry points, priorities and trade-offs. They aim to inspire actors around the world to work together to initiate and boost the necessary changes and keep winning over new like-minded partners.

The volume comprises six incisive essays which highlight different foreign policy approaches to the SDGs, including an essay by CIC Senior Fellow David Steven and Non-Resident Fellow Rachel Locke entitled Beyond 16: The SDGS and the Opportunity to Build a More Peaceful World. 

May 01, 2019
David Steven, Rachel Locke
Justice for All: Cover

A people-centered approach to justice starts with an understanding of people’s justice needs and designs solutions to respond to them. This new report, Justice for All, is the first global synthesis of the scale and nature of the justice gap. Drawing on research by the world’s leading justice organizations and experts, this report contains an analysis of the costs of injustice for individuals and societies, and the first ever estimate of the costs to provide universal access to basic justice services.

 

Apr 29, 2019

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Programs in Focus

  • China-U.S. Cooperation in Central and South Asia

    This publication examines the main cooperation fields between China and the US in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the post-NATO period. In doing so, this study looks at the initiation of various bilateral joint projects as a distinctive turning point in China-US relations. It argues that existence of such bilateral projects and cooperation in this region does not only produce added value for the countries in question but also have the potential to enhance the mutual relations between China and US. This study also reveals the main common priorities and practices between China and the US and concludes that they have a partial convergence in their attitude towards the infrastructure projects in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • All the President's Wealth: The Kabila Family Business

    For the past 20 months, the Congo Research Group has documented the vast and eclectic business portfolio of Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his family. This report presents our conclusions, based almost entirely on legal documents.

    You can find the whole report and examine the underlying documents here

  • The Roadmap for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies: A Call to Action to Change our World

    The roadmap was developed by the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, a group of member states, global partnerships, international organizations, and other partners.

    It is available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. For a summary, see the overview and presentation.

    The Pathfinders group is convened by the governments of Brazil, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland, with support from the Center on International Cooperation.

  • Global Peace Operations Review

    The Global Peace Operations Review is a website providing analysis and data on the spectrum of issues surrounding global peace and security, including civilian-led peacemaking and peacebuilding as well as uniformed peacekeeping by the United Nations, regional organizations and ad-hoc coalitions. The site’s objective is to contribute to the effectiveness of all peace operations.

    We seek to provide the most comprehensive overview of multilateral contributions to conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and post-conflict peacebuilding. In doing so, we seek to integrate thematic and cross-cutting issues including, but not limited to, the women, peace and security agenda and countering violent extremism.