Category Archive: Stories

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.

Regional approaches to Covid-19: The response by Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to the pandemic

Hannah den Boer examines regional responses to Covid-19 by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Political Trust at a Time of Pandemic: A long-term repercussion of COVID-19 on durable peace

“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. Grassroots societies lie at the crossroads between local realities and national peacebuilding policies and practices. This article examines how mistrust in governmental actors and information about COVID-19 poses challenges to Syrian communities in opposition-held areas.

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.

Emergency Law Responses and Conflict-Affected States in Transition

This post looks at emergency law responses to the Covid-19 pandemic in conflict-affected states in transition. While some type of emergency response to Covid-19 has been used in most states, we suggest that conflict ‘fault lines’ can mean that emergency law responses have a capacity to undermine transitions.

The Politics of the Covid-19 Pandemic in Syria

“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, we look back over the events that brought the local civil society in northwest Syria to the forefront of crisis mitigation during the pandemic.

Regional Responses to Conflict during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog highlights ongoing work by the African Union (AU) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to adapt their peace and security work and respond to ongoing conflicts during Covid-19, and asks how the pandemic may transform conflict management.

Delocalization and Uprooting: The Adverse Impact of Peace in Syria

“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. Dr Juline Beaujouan examines the adverse impact of peace in Syria.