Category Archive: News

New collection highlights the significance of local peace processes

A new collection of essays published by the British Academy offers insights into the role of local peace agreements in international peacebuilding.

‘The war is starting a new chapter’: Michael Semple speaks to BBC Radio 4 on the future of Afghanistan

Afghanistan expert Michael Semple spoke to BBC Radio 4 about the future of the Afghan war, potential for continuing conflict and instability, and what life might be like under the Taliban.

Help us support scholars and peacebuilders at risk in Afghanistan

As the situation unfolds in Afghanistan, our thoughts and prayers are with all those in the country, and in particular our colleagues who have taken risks for peacebuilding and inclusion of women.

Increasing the participation of women as peace mediators is essential for achieving gender equality and inclusive peace

A new report by PSRP, Durham University, and UN Women examines ways to increase the number of women in high-level peace mediation positions.

Newest release expands PA-X data to 2021

The PA-X Peace Agreements Database has been updated with new agreements covering the first half of 2021. With this release, PA-X remains the most expansive and complete online archive, database, and dataset of peace agreements.

Call for Submissions: Local Voices at a Crossroads Article Series

“Local Voices at a Crossroads” is an article series in which local actors of everyday peace share their insights into the fragilities and resilience of their societies in the face of conflict. This series represents great potential to help understand local realities and make the case for enhanced support to local actors and peacebuilders.

Ceasefires tracker featured at GeoConvergence Workshop

The Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19 Tracker was featured as a Lightning Talk Video at the event, as part of a collection of videos highlighting current research endeavors and calls for future innovation. In the talk, PSRP’s Dr Devanjan Bhattacharya introduces the tracker and its uses, and offers insights into how the tracker dashboard was developed by the PeaceTech team at the University of Edinburgh.

PA-X Data featured in new analysis of ceasefire design and effectiveness

Data from the PA-X Peace Agreements Database has been featured in a new analysis of ceasefire design and effectiveness: The Logic of Ceasefires in Civil War.

MobilitySafe: navigating cities in times of pandemic and conflict

A PSRP researcher has been awarded a new grant under the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account scheme to develop a map-based tool to help individuals navigate cities in times of pandemic and conflict.

Young artists illustrate life in Syrian opposition-held areas

A group of young Syrian artists have collaborated to illustrate life in opposition-held areas during the Covid-19 pandemic. The artists produced two exhibitions – combining art, music, and activities – that offer powerful insights into the daily lives of Syrian displaced and ethnic minorities, and demonstrate how art can bring people together and act as a tool for local peace.