Civil society must stop the use of chemical weapons being used as a pretext for US-led bombing in Syria. A gendered understanding demonstrates that the only sustainable strategy is to pursue disarmament and strengthen international humanitarian law.
Together, distorted understanding and flawed policy have compounded the problems of weak states in the global south. A different approach to state-building is needed, says Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
year around 400 children forced by
war to leave their families and homes in Afghanistan seek sanctuary in
the UK. Lisa Matthews writes for Young People Seeking Safety Week on the young
adults who, having rebuilt their lives, are now at threat of return.
we live violence every day, how can we work for the development of our country
so that we can benefit from human rights like other countries and like other
women?" - Julienne Lusenge speaking about her work as a women's human
rights defender in the DRC
physical and moral suffering undergone by the valiant people of Casamance is
incalculable and, as usual, it is the women and children who pay the highest
price. From their position as victims, women have decided to become committed
agents of peace, says Ndeye
The failure to translate the
momentum of the heady days of the January 2011 protests in Egypt into an
effective revolutionary force is closely related to the organisational forms adopted by oppositional
movements. This poses broader questions for social movements worldwide, argues
The violent aftermath of Kenya's previous election is present in everyone's minds as Kenyans elect a successor to Mwai Kibaki. But the past five years have brought many other issues to the fore, says Daniel Branch.
The tribunals judging crimes in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia were intended to deliver justice for victims of genocide. But several recent cases suggest that politics may be getting in the way, says Andrew Wallis in Kigali.
The prospect of a chaotic endgame in Syria and more instability in Egypt is leading Israel further in the direction of a "fortress-state". This military entrenchment reflects not strength but vulnerability.
incursion of the military into the British education system will mean that
alternatives to war and peaceful ways of resolving conflict will be more
difficult for young people to explore. In the long term we will all pay a heavy
price, says Emma Sangster.
The Russian regime may present a united front to the world, but behind the scenes the cracks are beginning to show. In the week when Putin fired a senior government member, Dmitry Travin looks at the people and the issues that divide them.
For close on a millennium Azeris and Armenians co-existed reasonably peaceably. At the end of the Soviet period tensions erupted and they have been bubbling ever since. No need, thinks William Gourlay, because they are actually quite similar. Is it just a case of ‘must try harder’?
Short and long term human, political and economic consequences of any
war require innovative approaches to prevent the crisis becoming war: such a
case clearly exists with Iran and her nuclear ambitions.
A rise in violent tension in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, across the border from Rwanda, is the latest phase of a conflict unresolved since the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The wider story it tells is one of state failure in the DRC, says Andrew Wallis.
The recent protests in Sudan attest to the rise of a new generation of
Sudanese youth activists. At the heart of this emerging political force
is Girifna, a youth-led movement which has been using internet power,
confrontational street tactics, and advocacy to stand up to the regime
of Omar al-Bashir.
An innovative Israeli-Palestinian collaboration offering regular analysis of middle-east affairs is ending regular publication after eleven years. Its co-editors, Yossi Alpher and Ghassan Khatib, explain why.
Twenty-five years after his death, Primo Levi's legacy has been the object of many debates and reinterpretations. Distinguishing his true words from those forcibly put into his mouth is a crucial step towards understanding the thought of a major witness of the horrors of the twentieth century.
China's motivations regarding how to deal with Syria differ from those of Russia, and constitute a new, more assertive foreign policy. However, engaging the government and its opposition on equal terms might come back to haunt China in the future.
An attack on Israeli tourists in the Black Sea resort of Burgas is a
moment of profound alarm for Bulgaria. It also highlights changes in the
country’s international profile, says Dimitar Bechev in Sofia.
The author recalls the atrocities committed around Višegrad twenty years ago and suggests that even today, twenty years later, ethnic tensions remain a serious problem in Bosnia and Hercegovina and reconciliation between the different ethnic groups is tenuous at best