March 9, 2011

The Taliban Versus Women in Pakistan

Acclaimed Pakistani filmmaker and journalist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Children of the Taliban) talks with us about the insidious tactics employed by the Taliban against women and children in Pakistan.

February 7, 2011

A Woman’s Touch to Solving Conflict

Annabelle Abaya, who has served as the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process in the Philippines and founded The Conflict Resolution Group Foundation, describes her approach to the peace process, explaining why women make good mediators.

January 31, 2011

When Half the Country is Off Limits

Before the Marines deployed all-female units, known as Female Engagement Teams, reaching the hearts and minds of half Afghanistan’s population — Afghan women — was nearly impossible.

January 25, 2011

Recruiting Combatants in Africa’s Fight for Peace

Through the African Union’s Peace and Security Department, activist Stella Sabiiti works with rebels who inflict violence on civilians in conflict zones like Darfur and Somalia. Sabiiti tells us how her own experience as a victim of torture in Uganda has been vital to her understanding of the minds of perpetrators.

January 24, 2011

Interactive Map: Understanding the Dayton Accords

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs have largely migrated to different regions in the country along ethnic lines. Our interactive map illustrates this persistent tension by showing the shifting ethnic distributions within Bosnia and Herzegovina before, during and after the Dayton Accords.

January 12, 2011

Who Are the Women Who Take Up Arms?

Why would a woman join an armed group? Tufts Professor Dyan Mazurana talks to us about how a cycle of violence is much more to blame for women’s participation in terrorist groups than poverty or ideology.

December 15, 2010

War and Gender

Professor Joshua Goldstein debunks the idea that biology hardwires men for fighting wars and women for staying on the sidelines on this week’s podcast.

December 1, 2010

Art From the Ashes of Ruin

Playwright and activist Lynn Nottage explains how after interviewing survivors of Congo’s civil war in 2004, she was inspired to write Ruined, which earned her a Pulitzer Prize. Mixing “passion, purpose and art,” Nottage hopes the play will impact people long after curtain-down.

November 17, 2010

Peaceful Protest in the West Bank

Documentary filmmaker Julia Bacha takes us to the Middle East to explore the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. She talks about her new film, Budrus, which features a Palestinian village that protested Israeli forces through creative, non-violent means.

November 10, 2010

Understanding Sexual Violence in Congo

For our first podcast episode, we go to the Democratic Republic of Congo, a region that has been called the “rape capital of the world.” Jocelyn Kelly and Dr. Julie VanRooyen, both of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, have spoken extensively with rape victims and perpetrators in the region and share their findings.

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