Category Archive: Opinion

COVID-19 and Health Systems: Responding to Unpredictable Predictability

Liz Grant, Yina Lizeth Garcia-Lopez, and Christine Bell set out 11 themes for health systems to consider when responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Transitional Governance Today: A Risk and Opportunity for International Law

Dr Emmanuel de Groof outlines five current features of transitional governance, as outlined in a new PA-X report.

COVID-19 and Gender-based Violence in Conflict: New Challenges and Persistent Problems

Dr Catherine O’Rourke distils some of the most pertinent insights from PSRP research into gender-based violence and its relationship to conflict, and offers insights on the likely impacts of the COVID-19 restrictions in conflict-affected settings.

COVID-19, Emergency Legislation, and Sunset Clauses

The UK’s Coronavirus Act 2020 affords the UK government new powers in attempt to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as with similar legislation enacted by governments around the world. But how important are sunset clauses as part of these measures? And what checks and balances are needed? By Sean Molloy.

South Sudan’s Transition: Citizens’ Perception of Peace

A power-sharing government set up last month in South Sudan is fueling hope for an end to civil war, but layers of conflict remain.

Planet Earth wearing a face mask

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.