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,...

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...

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 European Consultation on UN Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security

The European Consultation on UN Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security
In September 2017, almost two years after the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, 44 young experts gathered in Brussels to participate in the European Regional Consultation, part of a series of regional sessions organised within the framework of the Progress Study mandated by the Resolution itself. The Consultation aimed to bolster concrete...

Perspectives for Peacebuilding in Syria: the Democratic Process in Rojava

Perspectives for Peacebuilding in Syria: the Democratic Process in Rojava
  The region of Rojava, in the north of Syria, also known as Western Kurdistan, received wide international attention for its peculiar system of autonomous administration. The de facto authorities are implementing a pioneering political system based on participatory democracy, gender equality, minority rights, ecology and secularism. Even in a situation of armed conflict since 2011, Rojava institutions propose an approach based...

Military Operations against Chemical Weapons in Syria: a Risk for the International Prohibition to Use Force?

Military Operations against Chemical Weapons in Syria: a Risk for the International Prohibition to Use Force?
                  On 26 June 2017, the Government of the United States issued a statement to inform that Syria appeared to be preparing a chemical attack, and to threaten the use of force if one took place. Earlier, on 28 May, the President of France similarly declared to...

After Nice: The urgent need for a new approach to counter-terrorism

After Nice: The urgent need for a new approach to counter-terrorism
Nice and Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray are the latest of many massacres that, since the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, have contributed to the global state of insecurity being experienced worldwide. Yet there is still a lack of understanding of why these actions continue and of what al-Qaida, ISIS and other Islamist paramilitary groups really are....