Author Archives: Natalie Fiertz

“This is the Last Thing We Could Afford”

BY DANIEL WOODBURN AND NATOSHA HODUSKI The shock of the August 2020 Beirut port explosion tearing through the city is indelibly marked in the minds of Lebanese citizens. It resulted in 200 fatalities, 6000 injured, over 300,000 people made homeless, and caused an estimated $15 billion USD in property damages. As shocking as the events […]

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A Thawing Conflict Brings a Reversal of Fortune in Armenia

BY PATRICIA TAFT NASRI In the 2021 Fragile States Index, among the countries that experienced the greatest increases in fragility, issues of group-based identity and historical grievances combined to give rise to instability. This was certainly true in the United States, where years of partisan politics have turned former political adversaries into political enemies, and […]

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The Shattering of Abiymania

BY NATALIE FIERTZ In 2020, Ethiopia’s latent fragilities exploded in a complex array of conflicts along pre-existing fault lines across the country. The previous year had seen the lowest level of reported fatalities in five years1 and in October Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, capping the widespread praise – known […]

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Rising Authoritarianism in El Salvador: What Happens After the Crisis

BY KATHLEEN SMITH Even as COVID-19 struck, the very popular new El Salvadorian president, Nayib Bukele, was taking a hardline approach to dealing with a raging gang violence problem, and it seemed to be working. In 2018, the intentional homicide rate was the worst in the world at 52 per 100,000 people.1 By the end […]

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COVID and Political Extremism in Spain and Germany: Two Different Paths

BY DANIELLE BATTERMAN As the Syria refugee crisis escalated in 2015, an incipient movement of right-wing nationalism gained traction across Europe, including Germany. Spain, however, appeared relatively immune, until 2017 and the turmoil surrounding Catalonia’s push for autonomy. Then, with the onset of the pandemic, far right groups in both countries sought to capitalize, Vox […]

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📢We are looking for a new Executive Director to join us at the Fund For Peace.
Deadline for applications: November 7, 2021.
Find out more about the position here:

Over the years, the # of women in 🔑leadership roles has ⬆️but we’re still far from reaching gender parity. 👩must not just be consulted but heard, not just invited but included & not just engaged but their rights & justice ensured. #WomenPeaceSecurity

Call to action for Women, Peace and Security in Peacekeeping

At a virtual roundtable discussion on Women, Peace and Security in Peacekeeping contexts on 8 October 2020, Secretary-General António Guterres made...

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Lebanon's score in the #fragilestatesindex has worsened, driven by factionalized elites, a rise in economic inequality, demographic pressures and human rights abuses. These political and economic crises have majorly impacted people’s wellbeing. Read here:

Programs Director Emily Sample (@eefsample) writes about the importance of integrating gendered analysis in the climate security agenda in order to achieve efficient international security policies.
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Climate Security Fellows Report 2021

By Esther Sperling These are unprecedented times. The world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, while democracies and economies around the glob...

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