Opinion

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.

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.