In September, Afghanistan and the Taliban began conducting peace negotiations to plan a road map for the country’s future after the withdrawal of United States forces. A key challenge for this process is the status of Afghanistan’s current constitution. This report, published by the United States Institute of Peace in partnership with CIC, explores some of the constitutional questions that are likely to arise in the course of the negotiations and provides suggestions for how the peace process might resolve them.
We are very saddened by the death of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Subinay Nandy, who passed away peacefully in New York on November 7, 2020. He had been a Visiting Scholar at the Center on International Cooperation since 2018, advising our program on humanitarian crises and the links with development and peacebuilding.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a global impact on the conduct of elections. Governments and electoral authorities have responded with innovative practices—but the challenges have also revealed gaps and weaknesses. Lessons from COVID-19 can help with preparedness for future challenges, such as holding elections in the wake of natural disasters or in highly polarized contexts. This joint analysis from CIC and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance examines how countries are handling elections during the pandemic, and explores options for ensuring good election governance and preventing electoral violence.
CIC staff, fellows, and partners are working to shed light on the intersections between the global coronavirus pandemic and the issues we study, from the future of multilateralism and the global humanitarian response to the ongoing work of building peaceful, just and inclusive societies. This is a regularly updated collection of our articles, blog posts, and policy papers on COVID-19.
How can cutting-edge approaches to data—like advanced data science methods, quantitative methods, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP)—help inform peacebuilding and conflict prevention? This report from CIC’s new Data for Peacebuilding and Prevention initiative maps and analyzes the existing global ecosystem in the field and lays out recommendations to grow the field effectively.