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Opposites Attract: The Arts and Peacebuilding

Peace processes aren’t working. More than half of peace agreements fail within five years and recurrent civil wars are still the dominant form of armed conflict in the world today (PRIO, 2016). John Paul Lederach (2005), who has worked in international reconciliation across 30 years and five continents, blames some o...

Written by Sophia Turner and published on 15-November-2017

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Lesson in the Delusion of Hero Worship

The ongoing genocide against the Rohingya in Myanmar –which has driven some 480,000 people from their homes in the last month – has been widely covered in the global press. Many commentators desperately urged de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world’s most celebrated Nobel Peace Laureates, to speak out against the atrocities. Breaking her silence in

Written by Sophia Turner and published on 02-October-2017


Written by and published on 02-October-2017

Gender Transitional Justice: Turning the Weapon of War into a Mechanism for Justice

A ‘weapon of war’, a ‘tool of terror’ or one of the ‘spoils of war’. These slogan phrases are symptomatic of rape and sexual violence being held at a level of insignificance throughout history. It wouldn’t be naïve to be lulled into a false sense of security that the international community would have learnt from its past mistakes, thus put in every possible provision to prevent sexual violence of such magnitude. Unfortunately today, this is simply not the cas...

Written by Olivia Doherty and published on 03-August-2017

Human Rights and Humans wronged: Extrajudicial killing in Kenya

A spate of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Kenya has been the subject of public debate and scrutiny in recent times. These abuses have been committed by state security agents and seemingly unaccountable officers in the wider context of crackdowns on criminal gangs and counter-terror operations. Most recently,

Written by Ndunge Wayua and published on 10-July-2017

Naïve Realism: The Psychology of Conflict

“Muslim or Hindu?”, asked my driver, Aamaal, just moments into our undulating 5-hour journey through the Himalayan foothills from Dharamsala to Amritsar. So close to the conflict-ridden Kashmir, a region symbolizing the religious and national tensions between India and Pakistan, it seemed an important, if not routine question. Noting the crescent-shaped moon flag wedged between the back passenger seats, I misleadingly explained, in broken Hindi, that I come from a Muslim family. It was c...

Written by Tej Parikh and published on 20-June-2017

Women and Health Care Services in Yemen: Gender Issues in a Country Tormented by War

What's happening in Yemen? The Yemeni Civil War began on 26 March 2015 between the internationally recognised government of President Abdarabo Mansor Hady, supported by the Joint Meeting Parties, and those allied to the Houlthi rebel movement that accused the government of corruption and of planning to marginalise their heartland within a proposed federal system. This conflict started after the failure of the constitutional reform and the attempt to restructure the military secto...

Written by Ali Habeeb and published on 05-June-2017

Mohtaat Atiyaat - Promoting Safer Charity Practices

Pakistani households are generous to the tunes of billions, yet nearly a third are still poor Pakistan has a strong culture of giving. According to the study on the State of Individual Philanthropy in Pakistan "nearly 98 percent of households reporting giving for various social causes in one form or the other (cash, in-kind, or time volunteer...

Written by Fatima Jaffery and published on 05-May-2017

What happened to Libya?

Rarely a day goes by without news from Syria or Iraq, on attacks, the continuous fighting and ongoing humanitarian crisis. It is undoubtedly the focus of international attention, even though other countries such as Libya and Yemen also experience persistent armed conflict, insecurity and enormous humanitarian challenges. A few years back, the situation in Libya was actively reported on in the western mainstream media. However, the last big public discussions seemed to be limited to former pres...

Written by Marie-Luise Schwarzenberg and published on 19-April-2017

Special 8th March blog post series: The Heroine of Liberia’s Fight for Gender Justice: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

As eleven years of peaceful leadership comes to a close, the world reflects back on what Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has achieved for women’s rights and gender justice in Liberia. As the very first female head of state in post-independent Africa, President Sirleaf stood as a beacon of hope for w...

Written by Olivia Doherty and published on 05-April-2017

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