Category Archive: Opinion

Yemen’s Response to COVID-19: Part II

The second of a three-part series examines the ways that Yemeni communities have dealt with a number of health crises prior to the arrival of COVID-19 and considers the current condition and development of Yemen’s health system. It also considers the potential role of tribes as influential local actors who have a history of supporting communities, and the possibility of tribes guiding community responses to COVID-19. 

Yemen’s Response to COVID-19: Part I

In the first of a three-part series, Raiman Al-Hamdani and Rob Wilson examine Yemeni governance systems and how these local networks are likely to be central in responding to COVID-19.

Sudan: The Potential Price of Peace

Fifteen months after the revolution that ousted long-term dictator Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, it becomes increasingly evident that Sudan’s two parallel transitional processes of democratisation and peacemaking contradict one another and follow different political logics.

Towards a greater role of the civil society in conflict settlement in Syria after Covid-19?

Juline Beaujouan and Eyas Ghreiz describe some of the challenges for civil society in rebel-held areas of Syria during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cooperation in Latin America: Responses to COVID-19 expose existing cracks in regional infrastructure

Hannah den Boer sets out the response by regional organisations in Latin America to the Covid-19 crisis and asks what this means for regionalism in the bloc.

Social Media, Blockchain, Big Data & Co: How do we support women mediators in peace processes in a technology-driven world?

Fiona Knäussel reflects on the programme’s thinking on women and PeaceTech, the challenges for women peacebuilders in using tech tools and how to address them, and on whether tech solutions are themselves gender-proofed.

Scratching below the surface: what can local peace agreements tell us about armed groups and conflict fragmentation?

Juline Beaujouan, Tim Epple, Robert Wilson and Laura Wise draw on a new collection of local peace agreements to reflect on the state of contemporary conflict management and peacemaking in an increasingly fragmented world.

Responses by African Intergovernmental Organisations to COVID-19

Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Kathryn Nash, discusses the responses of African intergovernmental organisations to the COVID-19 crisis and asks what does this mean for how these organisations will respond to future crises that transcend borders. 

Ireland’s election to the UNSC: what prospects for Women, Peace and Security?

This short blog by Dr Catherine O’Rourke considers the potential significance of Ireland’s election to the WPS agenda at the UNSC.