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Criminal Doublethink in Yemen: The £4.6bn arms flow from the UK to Saudi Arabia needs to stop


The United Kingdom’s (UK) relationship with Saudi Arabia slips too readily into sycophancy. Remember when David Cameron ordered flags to half-mast on all government buildings after King Abdullah’s death in 2015, and chartered a jet, at £101,792 to the taxpayer, to Prince Charles and the rest of his exceptionally high-powered delegation to Riyadh. Or, ba...

Written by Sophia Turner and published on 01-January-2018



Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11


I hadn’t visited the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in Lambeth, London since before it underwent a £40 million transformation in 2014, maybe because of what the name evokes, or maybe because I kept thinking about the weird child-sized army uniforms once for sale in the gift shop. I went this week to see the Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, which promised a breadth of responses to the War...

Written by Sophia Turner and published on 22-December-2017



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




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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



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