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Wanted: A New Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

It’s been three months since the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook resigned as the State Department’s religious freedom watchdog, and those who decry religious persecution in Syria, Sudan, and elsewhere are wondering ho ...

Lessons from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Schirch The long war has made clear the fantasty of firepower "solutions" to complex political problems. ...

Congress Should Give the Interim Deal with Iran A Chance
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 1:31pm | Type: Blog

Before Congress jumps the gun, it needs to take a deep breath and let the diplomatic process continue. After a decades-long standoff, Iran and the West (plus China and Russia) hav ...

The Last Thing the World Needs Is Congress Thwarting Historic U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

The  nuclear deal  that the U.S. just struck with  Iran  is nothing short of historic. This agreement is a victory for everyone who wants to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and a catastrophic war. The deal is one of the many triumphs that have resul ...

Bridging the Persian Gulf
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright Diplomatic talks with Iran could end the nuclear standoff—and more. AT LAST, AFTER more than ...

Syria Is About People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Press

September 12, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Respond, But How? What We're Missing On Syria
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:01pm | Type: Press

September 6, 2013 Press Releases Jim Wallis ...

A Dogged Pursuit of Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels "The alternative—not having negotiations—is guaranteed to fail." GEORGE MITCHELL, the ...

Waging Peace in Syria
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The words of Jesus are either authoritative for us or they are not. IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, President ...

Syria Is About People, Not Politics
Originally Posted: 09/12/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

There are massive numbers of human lives involved here, plus a real danger of war engulfing the region and spreading out with weapons of mass destruction present — yet all we can talk about is politics? ...

Seeking Nonviolent Solutions in Syria
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright Working with the U.N. for a negotiated settlement has a greater chance of success than military involvement. ...

Gen Xers and the New Cuba
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 8:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage A new generation of Cuban Americans encourages broader dialogue. GROWING UP IN the Catholic Chu ...

Don't Give Up on Global Friendship
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Lindsay McLaughlin We should honor slain diplomats by keeping the flame of diplomacy alive. WHEN AMBASSADOR C ...

Preventing an Iranian Bomb
Originally Posted: 05/04/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Cortright History shows engagement, not attack, dissuades countries from developing nuclear weapons. CA ...

50 Years of Peace Corps, 10 Years of War
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

As the Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, it is time to take stock and commit to making it bigger, better and bolder. As one of four members of the House who volunteered, I answered f ...

Extremism, Terrorism, and the Attack in Norway
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Similar to many of my Western counterparts, my first thoughts when I first heard about the attacks in Norway went to extreme Islamic terrorism. Similar to many of my Western count ...

Why We Need to Cut Wasteful Defense Spending in the United States
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's funny the things that you remember. I can remember one time when I was a teenager watching an episode of the Montel Williams show. It's funny the things that you re ...

Just Jesus and an Unjust July 4: Why I Don't Celebrate Independence Day
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:57pm | Type: Blog

My friends and I can be stupid. Add explosives to the equation and the idiocy quotient increases exponentially. Such was the case every 4th of July during high school. My friends ...

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Not in the Bible): An Epiphany Sermon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especially likes really bad ones. I have a pastor friend who collects a lot of crèche scenes. He especi ...

Palestinians Protest Death of Nonviolent Activist
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Jawaher-Abu-Rahmah.jpg"></a>For nearly six years, the Palestinian residents of the West Bank village of Bil' ...

WikiLeaks: Historian's Dream, Diplomat's Nightmare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This past Sunday and Monday the news media published their first summaries of the documents they received from WikiLeaks which contained more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. ...

Study Finds White Evangelicals Believe in American Exceptionalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

More than eight-in-10 white evangelical Christians in the United States believe that God has granted the United States a special role in history, according to a study released Wednesday.</p> ...

The Upcoming Vote in South Sudan: Just the Facts
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

On January 9, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/05/looking-towards-south-sudans-referendum/" target="_blank">South Sudan will vote on whether to secede</a> from the North an ...

The Plowshares 8: Thirty Years On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

While imprisoned after his 1967 <a href="http://www.jonahhouse.org/pics67-73.htm">Baltimore 4 action</a>, Philip Berrigan, in his <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ ...

Memorial Day: Giving Our Full Measure of Devotion to Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Utopia. It is the place that is no place. It is the reality that does not yet exist. It is the political economy that has no politics or economics. Yet. A utopian vision is important. ...

Iran's Nuclear Deal: A Success for Sanctions Diplomacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turkey and Brazil is a positive development that deserves U.S. support. The nuclear fuel swap deal signed between Iran and Turke ...

Presidents' Plans and Precedents for Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599051510_WL6dK"></a>Several sources have recommended <a href="http://mediamatt ...

Of Builders and Bombers
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joel C. Hunter We underestimate the power of a single voice. I love to read the sermons of old preachers, espe ...

Mennonite College Will Now Play National Anthem Before Sporting Events
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Goshen (Ind.) College recently <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/20/AR2010022002035_pf.html">unveiled its landmark decision</a> to play the national an ...

Biden vs. Cheney on Afghanistan, the Unpopularity of Lamentation, and Shutter Island
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Joe Biden appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows last week to defend the Obama administration from Dick Cheney's disgraceful attacks, which appear to suggest his earlier bloodlust has not yet be ...

Obama's Nobel Speech: Reflection and Response
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama laid out a moral defense of the use of force in his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-acceptance-nobel-peace-prize">acceptance speech in Oslo ...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech and Just Peace Theory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

If all we notice in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html">President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture</a> is a justification of war, we will miss ...

We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan -- and This Isn't It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/02/we-needed-a-new-approach-in-afghanistan-and-this-isn't-it/"></a>The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghani ...

Is Obama's Peace Prize Premature?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory proceeds from the premise that peace is a day by day effort. It is a process that requires vision, skill, and courage. Just peace theory proceeds from the premi ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

Fox 'News' on 'Obama's Apology Tour'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, under the headline 'Obama's Apology Tour', FoxNews.com, in typical sneering style, published <a title="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/10/world-stage-obama/" href ...

A Vision for the Foreign Aid Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. World Visi ...

Reading Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I am a good person.</p> I am a good person. We make this declaration from time to time, usually when we have done something wrong or when we want to put distance between ...

What Change Can Tsvangirai Bring to Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison. Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released ...

Beyond Gaza: An Abrahamic Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Beyond anguish, what can we say about the massive death and destruction in Gaza and the traumatic fear of falling rockets in Israel? Beyond anguish, what can we say about the mass ...

An Agenda of Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

While most attention is being paid to the deepening economic crisis, the incoming Obama administration will also inherit a number of interrelated international crises. While most ...