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Understanding the Islamic State’s Strategy

Understanding the Islamic State’s Strategy

By Sean Langberg on 10/27/2014 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: Iraq, Syria

Watching members of the Islamic State (IS) behead James Foley and Steven Sotloff, trap 40,000 Yazidis on Mt. Sinjar, and threaten to enslave women makes it easy to write the group off as “raw evil.”

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A Turning Point for Shared Security

A Turning Point for Shared Security

By Jim Cason on 10/23/2014 @ 06:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, Iraq, Syria

Will the U.S. enter a new era of endless war? Or will the country learn from the failure of military action in the last decade? Help FCNL create the political will to shift U.S. policy from endless wars to Shared Security. #DiplomacyWorks

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Where We've Been This Fall

Where We've Been This Fall

By Tommy Wrenn on 10/21/2014 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: around the office

This fall FCNL staff have been on the road to spread the word about our growing opportunities for young adults. FCNL is committed to providing a variety of advocacy opportunities locally and in Washington.

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Assessing the Atrocities Prevention Board Two Years On

Assessing the Atrocities Prevention Board Two Years On

By Sean Langberg on 10/14/2014 @ 01:00 AM

Tags: atrocities prevention

Right now, there are an unprecedented number of simultaneous level 3 humanitarian emergencies in Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria, and all of these crises stem from avoidable, manmade violence.

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Still Working Toward Justice

Still Working Toward Justice

By Hannah Evans on 10/08/2014 @ 10:30 AM

Tags: Native American, Domestic, Quakerism

Too many Americans get a day off next week for Columbus Day. How can we instead learn the truths about our past, continue to advocate for justice and prepare the next generation to do the same?

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In Memoriam: Alison Oldham

In Memoriam: Alison Oldham

By Kathy Guthrie on 10/06/2014 @ 12:00 PM

Former FCNL legislative action coordinator Alison Oldham passed away in September. Many people in the FCNL community were introduced to this work by Alison.

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Syria: Responding to Brutality

Syria: Responding to Brutality

By Jim Cason on 09/30/2014 @ 06:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, Iraq, Syria

The brutal images from Iraq and Syria compel us to act. But what if our actions make matters worse?

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We Are a Generation of War

We Are a Generation of War

By Sean Langberg and Maggie O'Donnell on 09/25/2014 @ 01:00 AM

Tags: Iraq, Syria

When we were nine years-old, President Bush declared a “war on terror” and less than three weeks later the war in Afghanistan began. Today, 13 years later, we are young adults and the war rages on, vastly expanding in scope. We are a generation of war.

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Matt Southworth

The Language of Force

By Matt Southworth on 09/24/2014 @ 12:30 PM

Tags: Iraq, Middle East, Weapons, War Is Not the Answer

"The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force," said President Obama in address to the United Nations General Assembly. But where did I.S. learn this language?

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Obama Pushes Positive Changes in U.S. Landmine Policy Amidst a Dashed Arms Control Dream

Obama Pushes Positive Changes in U.S. Landmine Policy Amidst a Dashed Arms Control Dream

By Bradley Harris on 09/24/2014 @ 11:27 AM

Tags: arms control, militarism, peacebuilding

This has been a tough year for a president who has staked his legacy on extracting his country from two major wars. Recent changes to U.S. Landmine policy is a positive step forward. However, even this progress has been constrained by military realities. Forces in Korea, the theatre where landmines are most likely to be used, have been exempted from this ban.

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