Opinion

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. 

Syria: local agreements, regional rivalry and a global pandemic

As the regime moves towards capturing Idlib, rivalry between Russia and Iran to control Syria is growing. Originally published in Open Democracy by Juline Beaujouan and Eyas Ghreiz. 

War by Other Means: One-sided Memorialisation in Sri Lanka

Bill Rolston examines the one-sided narratives that come through in contemporary public displays in Sri Lanka, following the ending of the three-decade long war.

Responding to Covid-19: The coming of age of regionalism in Asia?

Monalisa Adhikari sets out the response by regional organisations in South and Southeast Asia to the Covid-19 crisis and asks what does this mean for Asian regionalism.

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.