War, Peace & the In Between Podcast

Episode 2: Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19

In this episode we examine how parties engaged in armed conflict have reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic, and whether attempts to reach a global ceasefire have been successful.

In March 2020, the UN Secretary General called for a global ceasefire, calling on warring parties to lay down their weapons in support of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. To monitor the outcomes of the ceasefire call, the Political Settlements Research Programme brought together a team of world-leading organisations to create the Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19 Ceasefires Tracker, a publicly available digital tracking tool to examine the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak on peace processes and armed conflict across the world. The tool monitors the progress of ceasefires alongside live data on infection rates in country. The data can be viewed in a timeline format, a search browse format, and a map format which also includes live data on infection rates in country.

In this episode, key members of the tracker development team tell us what they have found after months of monitoring global ceasefires, and whether conflict has really paused for the pandemic.

Featuring special guests Laura Wise and Fiona Knäussel from the University of Edinburgh’s Political Settlements Research Programme alongside Therese Lynch from mediatEUr.

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Show Notes

Ceasefires in a Time of Covid-19: Ceasefires Tracker

The Covid-19 Ceasefire Tracker is a publicly available digital tracking tool to examine the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak on peace processes and armed conflict across the world. The tool monitors the progress of ceasefires alongside live data on infection rates in country. The data can be viewed in a timeline format, a search browse format, and a map format which also includes live data on infection rates in country.

Guest Bios

Laura Wise is a Research Associate with the Political Settlements Research Programme.

Fiona Knäussel is a Graduate Fellow with the Political Settlements Research Programme.

Therese Lynch is Project Assistant with mediatEUr.