Category Archive: Opinion

Ending the Political Transition? Analysing the Nepal elections from an inclusion perspective

Following a decade long Maoist insurgency (1996-2005) and the peace process that followed it, Nepal elected political representatives at all three levels of government: the local election held in three phases, followed by election for seven provincial assemblies, and the lower house of federal parliament between May and December 2017. The last election for local […]

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On Selling ‘Principled Pragmatism’ in Transitions from Violent Conflict

In this blog, Jan Pospisil and Christine Bell address some of the questions their concept of formalised political unsettlement raises. The post was originally posted on December 12, on CPD Policy Blog. Some time ago, we (Christine Bell and Jan Pospisil) suggested that it was useful to think about post-conflict situations as ‘formalised political unsettlement’. We have found […]

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Peacebuilding: a view from the margins

This blogpost by Dr Zahbia Yousuf (PSRP researcher, Conciliation Resources) was first published on EU-CIVCAP. Statebuilding and peacebuilding discussions increasingly emphasise inclusion as a key ingredient for peaceful states and societies, and marginalisation as a key cause of conflict. However, the persistence of conflict and violence in many borderland regions can defy and challenge these […]

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My Priorities As UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism: The Problem of Permanent Emergencies

This blog post by Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, PSRP researcher from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI), University of Ulster, Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School and UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism: The Problem of Permanent Emergencies, was first published by Just Security on 9th of October […]

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Peacebuilding: Resilient in Crisis

This blog post by Jan Pospisil, PSRP researcher, reviews David Chandler’s new book Peacebuidling, The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1997-2017. In his most recent volume, ‘Peacebuilding: The Twenty Years’ Crisis’, David Chandler gives an intriguing historical account over what he identifies as the post-Dayton lifespan of peacebuilding. His argument is revealing and well-founded: international interventionism in […]

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Rethinking the Women, Peace and Security Agenda through the Lens of Resistance

This blog post by Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, PSRP researcher from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) University of Ulster, was first published by Just Security on 17th April 2017. In this piece, Fionnuala adds to the criticisms of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda the failute to include women’s resistance in conflict zones as exercise of […]

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In Between the Local and the Liberal: ‘Inclusive Political Settlement’ in the EU’s Global Strategy

In this post, Dr Jan Pospisil critically reviews the European Union’s 2016 ‘Global Strategy’. He notes that ‘conflict settlement’ has become the term under which peace- and statebuilding attempts are now framed. The grand narrative of the drafters appears to be to project the European Union as ‘peace power’. In June 2016, the European Union […]

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Mainstreaming Women’s Rights in the Human Rights Council Special Procedures: The UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice and UN Security Council Resolution 1325

This post by Dr Catherine O’Rourke, PSRP researcher from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) University of Ulster, was first published by IntLawGrrls on 27 February 2017. It addresses the integration of proliferating normative and legal activity to advance women’s rights in conflict under international law. One of the most significant contemporary developments in international law and its application to the […]

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Colombians’ Persistence in the Search for Peace: Interview with ‘Chocolate of Peace’ Producer

This blog post, by Nathalia Salamanca-Sarmiento, PhD Researcher – University of Edinburgh, presents an interview with Gwen Burnyeat, the producer and co-director of the documentary Chocolate of Peace. The discussion put in context the importance of ‘persistence’ in peace-building, considering that Colombia is now both implementing the peace agreement with FARC (an amended one was signed on 24th […]

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Top 10 Gender and Security Developments of 2016

 This post by Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, PSRP researcher from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) University of Ulster, was first published by Just Security on 6 January 2017. It addresses key developments in relation to gender and security that took place over 2016.  These developments and issues are not in any hierarchical order. They represent a broad […]

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