Category Archive: News

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.

Prof Aisling Swaine recognised in top 100 list

PSRP Associate Professor Aisling Swaine has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy 2021 by Apolitical. 

One year on, has conflict paused for the pandemic?

One year after the UN Secretary General called for a global ceasefire in the face of the novel cornavirus, has conflict paused for the pandemic? A new PSRP report launched today tracks ceasefires declared during Covid-19 and analyses what this means for the wider peace process landscape.

Research boosts role of women in peace processes 

A report launched to mark International Women’s Day offers new guidance for women working in peace keeping processes in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

PSRP quoted in analysis of Afghan peace process

A PSRP report on political settlements has been quoted in an opinion piece on the Afghan peace process: Will political factions in Afghanistan come to terms with each other?

Dr Kathryn Nash launches new book on African Peace

‘African Peace: Regional norms from the Organization of African Unity to the African Union’ examines the role of African regional organisations in constructing collective conflict management rules for the continent.

PSRP joins The Elders in conversation on women in mediation in the Arab world

PSRP joined The Elders for a high-level virtual event on the role of women in mediation in the Arab world.

Planet Earth wearing a face mask

PSRP joins the Covid Collective to study the nexus between conflict, peace, and Covid-19

The Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) at the University of Edinburgh has joined an exciting and interdisciplinary collective of social scientists, from inside and outside academia. The FCDO-funded Covid Collective, which is based in the International Development Studies department at the University of Sussex, will produce cutting edge social science research to address the global challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ceasefires tracker featured in The Lancet

Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19, a digital tool developed to track ceasefires during the Covid-19 pandemic, has been featured in The Lancet.

Constitution-Building in Response to Social Crisis: the Second Women Constitution-Makers Dialogue

Participants at the second Women Constitution-Makers Dialogue discussed the relationship between social unrest and the design of constitutional reform processes, implications for democracy and peace, and opportunities to enhance and sustain women’s influence as processes institutionalize.