A Conflict Sensitive Lens on the Upcoming Humanitarian Aid Operations in Burkina Faso

A Conflict Sensitive Lens on the Upcoming Humanitarian Aid Operations in Burkina Faso
Since the end of 2018 there has been a growing interest in opening up humanitarian aid operations in Burkina Faso. The Sahelian country in West Africa has been subject to increasing turmoil as of 2015, coupled with ongoing security threats in the northern regions, which have recently expanded to the East. Moreover, a few weeks...

Call for articles: What works in promoting the participation of young people in peacebuilding

Call for articles: What works in promoting the participation of young people in peacebuilding
The Agency for Peacebuilding is excited to launch a call for articles on the topic of “What works in promoting the participation of young people in peacebuilding”. We are presently conducting research on the evolution of the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda, and are interested in gathering first-hand insights from practitioners and researchers working for,...

The Announced Withdrawal of the United States from Syria: Reactions and Perspectives on the Peace Process

The Announced Withdrawal of the United States from Syria:  Reactions and Perspectives on the Peace Process
                  On December 20th, 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump unexpectedly declared the US would withdraw its troops from Syria, declaring the military operation against Daesh to have been successfully completed by stating: “we’ve beaten them badly”. As a consequence, he announced the withdrawal of...

A Lesson from Kenya on Countering Violent Extremism

A Lesson from Kenya on Countering Violent Extremism
In East Africa, Kenya has been more affected by violent extremism and radicalization compared to its neighbors. Although drivers of violent extremist and terrorist incidents in Kenya are a result of many factors—highly unequal economic growth, social and religious grievances, and its proximity with fragile Somalia—the scale and persistence of the issue has been exacerbated...

Getting it right: peacebuilding in Libya after Palermo

Getting it right: peacebuilding in Libya after Palermo
On November 12 and 13, 2018, the Italian government hosted the Conference for Libya in Palermo. A high-level event that was strongly pushed by Italy, it aimed to find common ground among internal and external actors for solving the country’s political conflict. And while the Conference has, from a political standpoint, drawn both criticism and...

Tanzania, when statistics become the enemy

Tanzania, when statistics become the enemy
The recent limitations to freedom of speech in Tanzania have created some concerns from local civil society organisations (CSOs) to international organisations. The list of limitations enacted by John Pombe Magafuli after his election as Tanzanian President in 2015 is rather long and it goes from banning opposition rallies to stopping live coverage of parliamentary...

Keeping peace at the heart of the EU: a political challenge

Keeping peace at the heart of the EU: a political challenge
Should the pursuit of peace remain at the heart of the EU? The ongoing discussions on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (MFF), the EU’s long-term budget, suggest that it may not. The European Commission has recently published its long-awaited proposal for the next MFF: entitled A Modern Budget for a Union that Protects, Empowers...

Italy’s contributions to peacebuilding: One step forward, two steps back

Italy’s contributions to peacebuilding: One step forward, two steps back
As violent conflict and instability have grown around the world and in the Mediterranean neighbourhood in particular, Italy has been thrust in a difficult position: affected by those crises in more direct ways than other European countries, it felt unprecedented pressure to actively engage as an international peace-broker. However, without official peacebuilding policies or consolidated...

The Military Intervention in response to the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria: Further Reflections on the International Prohibition of the Use of Force

The Military Intervention in response to the use of Chemical Weapons in Syria: Further Reflections on the International Prohibition of the Use of Force
The US attack in April 2017, in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces in Khan Shaykhun, was widely considered a violation of the prohibition to use force. However, a significant part of the international community supported, or tacitly tolerated, the illegal intervention. This begged the question of whether this action...

Local participation and migration: The role of countries of origin

Local participation and migration: The role of countries of origin
Can the level of political and civic participation of migrants in Italy be influenced by forms of participation in their countries of origin? This framing of how foreigners and new citizens participate at the local level, and the potential links with the forms of participation in their countries of origin, has rarely been explored. How...