Opinion & Insights

  • evidence based practice peacebuilding
    June 17, 2021

    Peace Field Peers Agree: Evidence-Based Practice Is Key

    OEF and Alliance for Peacebuilding released a report last month detailing the findings of a survey of professional peacebuilders on their ideas about evidence-based practice in peacebuilding. The results suggest that despite the debate, the field has a pretty developed understanding of what... more

  • one earth future is an incubator of peacebuilding programs
    June 17, 2021

    OEF's Approach to Incubation

    Our core organizational strategy and values require us to take seriously the idea that our goal is to catalyze systems that are sustainable, that are scalable and—most importantly—that actually address problems underlying conflict. So we’ve developed a theory of incubation, based on iteration... more

  • diversity inclusion equity gender equality
    June 17, 2021

    Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion

    June is Pride Month and in the U.S. we also commemorate “Juneteenth” on June 19th; the marking of the end of slavery in the U.S. Already widely recognized, we applaud the U.S. House of... more

  • networked coordination an effective approach to peacebuilding
    May 14, 2021

    Using Coordination as a Key to Peacebuilding

    The challenges of peacebuilding involve maximizing the contribution of multiple technical experts in an often quickly changing environment, and one where participants may not always trust all other participants or where they may be concerned about maintaining their individual authority to make... more

  • Chadian president Idriss Deby killed
    April 21, 2021

    Risk of Instability on the Rise for Chad and the Sahel Region

    Following the announcement by the Chadian government on April 20 that president Adriss Deby had died after 30 years in power, OEF analyst Matthew Frank breaks down the poltical situation in Chad and discusses what OEF's CoupCast data shows about the risk for further instability in the country... more

  • the important of using evidence to make decisions in peacebuilding
    April 19, 2021

    How Do We Get to an Earth Without War?

    OEF's Executive Director and Chief Operating Office, Jon Bellish talks about OEF's commitment to Relentless Empiricism as core to its belief in and support of iterative problem-solving and careful, analytical design. He discusses how OEF relies on evidence to cut through complexities in... more

  • 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.