Opinion

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COVID-19 and Violent Conflict: Responding to Predictable Unpredictability

Christine Bell offers 11 baseline understandings for designing the most effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in conflict-affected regions.

The fragmented politics of the Syrian refugee crisis jeopardises the future of millions

Juline Beaujouan and Amjed Rasheed discuss how the humanitarian consequences of the Syrian crisis have spilled across the region.

Peace agreements and persons with disability: mapping the relationship  

Peace agreements hold much promise for promoting the interests of persons with disability, but they can be equally destructive. For meaningful impact, provisions addressing disability are but an initial step, writes Sean Molloy.

UN peacekeeping vehicles near Goma

Principled Peacekeeping Works

Cedric de Coning examines the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations as implementation mechanisms in peace processes, and outlines the risks inherent in the shift toward UN stablization missions.

Strategies of inclusion in peacemaking: Beyond box-ticking and photo opportunities?

“Inclusion” is becoming an increasingly prominent term in debates about peace, yet the term often remains vague. Hearing calls for an inclusive peace process begs the questions: Whom are we asked to include, how, and why? Dana Landau and Andreas Hirblinger examine strategies of inclusion in peacemaking in this article, which was originally posted on the Security Dialogue blog.

A New Approach or a Return to the Status Quo?

The Northern Ireland Assembly has reopened after a three-year collapse, but is this a new beginning? Dr Kevin McNicholl (PSRP Postdoctoral Fellow) examines the thorny issues at the heart of power-sharing in Northern Ireland, and what this means for the future.

"No condition is permanent" - graffiti in Yei, South Sudan

The South Sudanese Peace Agreement and the Issue of States

With peace negotiations in South Sudan currently stalled, Dr Jan Pospisil examines the states question – the number of regional states South Sudan should contain and their territorial delineation.

Sana'a, Yemen

Yemen’s ‘Handshake moment’: What other peace processes can tell us about the Riyadh Agreement

Robert Forster examines what other peace processes can tell us about the provisions of the Riyadh Agreement, signed on 5 November 2019 between the Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council.

Sudan’s Interim Constitutional Arrangement: The Risk of Sharing a Non-Existent Cake

Dr Jan Pospisil analyses Sudan’s transitional power-sharing framework as the process of forming a government continues.