Opinion

Peace agreements with a gender perspective are still an exception, not the rule

Two decades after the UN called on all peace process actors to adopt a gender perspective, but amidst an unpreceded challenge to women’s rights globally under the Covid-19 pandemic, how did peace agreements provide for women, girls and gender in 2020, and what does this tell us about the trajectory of the women, peace and security agenda?

Implementing Peace Agreements through Domestic Law

Brooke Davies introduces her new report, Implementing Peace Agreements through Domestic Law, which examines how parties to peace agreements can and have used domestic law to implement their terms.

African Peace – Regional Norms from the OAU to the AU

A new book – African Peace: Regional Norms from the Organization of African Unity to the African Union – examines how peace and security norms and practices in Africa were created and evolved.

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.

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.