Category Archive: Stories

Peace missions, regional organisations, and Covid-19: How the pandemic has affected peacebuilding efforts by the African Union and Organisation of American States

Peace missions have continued all over the world during the pandemic, with significant impacts on their operations.This piece outlines how the pandemic has affected peace missions run by regional organisations in Latin America and Africa.

Shots for Peace? Vaccination ceasefires and the fight against Covid-19

Vaccination ceasefires can be a valuable tool for getting vaccinations to those in conflict zones. The authors of a new report, Breathing Space: Vaccination Ceasefires in Armed Conflict outline three key issues that need to be considered to improve the impact of vaccination ceasefires to combat Covid-19.

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.

Pens Against Guns: The uncertain future of Syrian journalism

“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. For our third contribution on the role of Syrian youth in local peacebuilding, we look at the media as one of the fields most impacted by the ten-year-long conflict.

Syrian Youth and the Violence of Exclusion: Challenges and opportunities of higher education in opposition-held areas

“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. In this instalment, Abdulah El hafi examines the challenges and opportunities of higher education in opposition-held areas.

Taiz and the Health-Peace Nexus Governing Covid-19 in the City

Robert Wilson asks how conflict dynamics have impacted the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Taiz, Yemen.

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.

Art as a tool for local peace: Reflections of young artists in Syrian opposition-held areas

“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. In this blog, a group of young artists reflect on the challenges and opportunities for art to contribute to peace in Syria.