Commentary The Monitor's View

  • When combatants turn democrats

    This month, Colombia’s former guerrilla group called FARC transformed itself into a peaceful political party, perhaps setting a model of reconciliation for other countries in armed conflict.


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A Rohingya refugee girl collects rain water at a makeshift camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 17.

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  • Harvey’s lesson in weather forecasting

    The accuracy in forecasting the hurricane helped Texas better prepare and shows the ongoing desire to live in rapport with nature by improving the intelligence of meteorology.

  • Heading off preemptive violence

    The world is less violent today because of restraint by people or nations in justifying the use of violence to prevent violence against them. That trend should not be easily reversed as the US ponders attacking North Korea or as groups in the US justify violence at public protests. Humanity has grown in its understanding and use of empathy as a tool for peace.

  • Why the world better manages water crises like Harvey

    As floods hit Texas, world water experts met at a global conference. One theme: How water crises drive cooperation more than conflict.

  • Trust and politics

    Politicians are trying to address voter concerns about corruption in every which way. But the best answer might be to look inward.  

  • The promise of a new school year

    A new school year is full of possibility. In some cases, that can mean overcoming pernicious stereotypes about students' limitations. 

  • Afghanistan's deeper challenge

    President Trump is taking aim at the terrorist threat to Afghanistan. But the threat of corruption is in many ways more corrosive and will take just as much courage to root out. Yet there are positive glimmers. 

  • Safe protests and uncomfortable conversations

    Last weekend's protests in Boston showed the growing tendency to invalidate those on the other side instead of engaging in tough – but needed – conversations.

  • Teachable monuments?

    America's debate over Confederate statues comes down to a question of context: What do those statues mean? In the past, some have been used for reconciliation and understanding. 

  • A common thread in curbing racist expression

    After the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Americans are seeking ways to curb public expressions of racism, from statues to tweets. One idea lies at the heart of these efforts.

  • What post-ISIS Iraq can do for peace

    Reports that Iraq wants to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia is another sign of how many Iraqis have learned from battling Islamic State that Sunni-Shiite rivalry must end.