Peacebuilding describes an array of practices and actors, from state level and track two diplomacy to grassroots inter-communal activism and even interpersonal reconciliation or restorative justice. It is often thought of in terms of the direct intervention of third party actors such as international NGOs or UN peacekeeping missions in the aftermath of conflict, or the war to peace transition. Increasingly, local grassroots peacebuilding is gaining traction in policy and practitioner circles.
On the anniversary of the 26-year civil war, the Sri Lankan state celebrates its 2009 victory while Tamils mark the bloody nadir of the campaign to systematically dismantle the Tamil nation - one which continues today.
What the civil war in Syria has exposed is that the massive political and social transformation,
and real regime change under way is led by people themselves. US military involvement
serves only to escalate the destruction.
Israel's recent 'update' on military investigations into civilian deaths in Gaza last November is an affirmation of its deficient institutional and legal practice,
with the result of continued impunity for its military and political officials.
Leaving violence and conflict off the post-2015 agenda is a clear signal that countries want to keep the door towards increasing international accountability for the use of violence as closed as possible.
fragile state is expected to reach a single Millenium Development Goal. The post-2015 agenda
must recognise that conflict is a barrier to development and set explicit
peacebuilding targets to tackle this.
More than 65 years after partition, a mediated resolution to the Kashmir conflict remains illusory. Fear of escalation between nuclear rivals has prevented all-out war - but what will finally lead to peace?
With the growing Syrian refugee crisis, media entrepreneurs seem to care more about protecting the
orthodox morality of humanitarianism, with the excuse of preserving social
order - as conceived by them - rather than educating the public.
the government and security institutions of Egypt and Tunisia have remained
intact, necessity being the mother of invention, a new form of governance has
emerged in Syria. This in itself is worth celebrating and supporting.
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