Opinion & Insights

  • The Difficulty of Peacebuilding in Syria
    March 17, 2021

    Peacebuilding Requires a Coordinated Effort

    OEF’s goal is ultimately the elimination of war. In order to achieve this admittedly lofty goal, we need to have a working theory of the causes of war and how we can help to disrupt them. Fortunately, there is a large body of research in “peace science” and, more broadly, political science. In... more

  • black peacebuilders influential
    February 2, 2021

    Recognizing a Few Influential Peacebuilders this Black History Month

    In our mission to create an Earth beyond war and establish sustainable peace, we’re taking a moment to acknowledge a few of the many influential and empowering peacebuilders of the black community who have left an everlasting impact on the path towards a peaceful humanity. 

  • Lido Beach Mogadishu Somalia
    January 18, 2021

    The Future of Fishing: The Greatest Challenges Facing Somali Fishers

    When fisheries are managed effectively and fairly, there is less competition over resources, less food waste, more economic opportunity, and therefore, fewer drivers of conflict. Secure Fisheries is working to combat the challenges surrounding the fishing industry, from overfishing and illegal... more

  • One Earth Future Statement on US Capital Attack
    January 15, 2021

    Statement on the Ongoing Risk of Political Violence in the United States

    OEF calls for the United States government, civil society in the US, and our population as a whole to commit to an awareness of all of the multiple pressures leading to violence and the need for all of them to be addressed as part of a systemic response. Failing this, it is our genuine fear that... more

  • mandala graphic OEF's theory of peace
    January 7, 2021

    Will the US Take Heed of Recent Lessons To Address US Conflict Drivers?

    The violence the world witnessed at the US Capitol on January 6 is no exception to what we have observed internationally for more than a decade in terms of drivers of political violence and conflict. In this issue, OEF Senior Strategic Advisor Conor Seyle dives into what we can learn about... more

  • protestors at US Captiol social trust in US COVID
    January 6, 2021

    The Importance of Social Trust Lessons Learned from a Decade Working to Resolve Conflicts Globally

    The COVID-19 pandemic revealed how the world responded to a universally-shared experienced of crisis. And when it comes to responding peacefully, the key to success lies within a strong social trust. Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer, Jon Bellish, dives into how One Earth Future... more

  • Somali fisheries future
    January 6, 2021

    Fishers Forging a Bright Future: Stories of Three Somali Fishers & the Impact of Fisheries Data Collection

    The Somali coast is home to approximately 10,000 part-time and full-time fishers. Our Secure Fisheries program works with community stakeholders to strengthen fisheries governance, combat illegal fishing, and promote sustainability as a catalyst for greater peace in the region. To learn more... more

  • Peace on earth 2020 accomplishments OEF
    December 22, 2020

    Peace on Earth: A Holiday Message & Year-In-Review From OEF

    From all of us at OEF, we are wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. Join us in remaining mindful of the long road ahead, but hopeful for creating a better 2021. As we look to the new year and work toward the long-term goal of an earth beyond war, we’d like to share a few... more