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...

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...

The EU budget post 2020 and the future of peacebuilding

The EU budget post 2020 and the future of peacebuilding
One of the main debates happening now in Brussels is on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the EU’s main tool for managing its finances. The current MFF will last until the end of 2020, but the debate around its successor has already started and the final decision on the new priorities will be the result...

Peace in Libya is no longer a priority for Italy

Peace in Libya is no longer a priority for Italy
Two years removed from the signing of the Skhirat agreement, which rekindled hopes that peace could finally come to Libya, Italy’s strategy vis-à-vis that country has changed. From an approach focused on promoting stability, in which the Italian government committed itself to supporting national reconciliation, we now see a strategy centred on containing migration. The...

Civil society as the engine for stability and growth in Africa

Civil society as the engine for stability and growth in Africa
When people speak of stability and growth in Africa what they normally think about nowadays is the role played by the state and the private for-profit sector. The focus on the state is nothing new, even if it has taken on a new meaning recently. According to the neo-liberal model for development, the nexus between...

Peace is still possible in Libya, but only with the involvement of civil society

Peace is still possible in Libya, but only with the involvement of civil society
The news coming out of Libya today is of worsening socio-economic conditions and escalating conflict. The signing of the Skhirat agreement, in December 2015, and the creation of the Government of National Accord (GNA) raised hopes that a political compromise could be reached that would bring the different Libyan factions together and shepherd a transition...

Women, Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa: A guide to programming

Women, Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa: A guide to programming
Working to support the empowerment and participation of women has been recognized as necessary for promoting peace, improving governance and contributing to sustainable development. International NGOs such as CARE International and Oxfam have, for example, put gender equality and women empowerment at the centre of their global strategies, formally acknowledging that poverty is not gender-neutral....

Italy needs to do more for Libya

Italy needs to do more for Libya
Last week, during a conference organized by the Instituto di Affari Internazionali (IAI) on June 14, Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke about the stabilisation of Libya. He admitted that the pace of the political process had been slow, but at the same time lauded Italy’s contribution to improving the situation on the...

Italy’s contribution in Libya and the lessons from Lebanon

Italy’s contribution in Libya and the lessons from Lebanon
Italy’s participation to the stabilization mission in Libya, which was announced more than a year ago, is now imminent. On December 16, 2015, the country’s main political factions have signed an agreement to form a government of national unity, one of the preconditions for Italy’s participation. The intervention’s launch date is approaching and the next...