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...

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...

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...

Building Evidence on Youth-driven Peacebuilding

Building Evidence on Youth-driven Peacebuilding
Recent years have seen an increase in attention and awareness of the powerful role of youth as agents for peacebuilding. Many young men and women are creating youth-led movements, networks and organisations to build peace and transform conflicts and at times they are the primary actors in grassroots community development work. Acknowledging the potential of...

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...

Paramilitary advances threaten implementation agreements in Colombia

Paramilitary advances threaten implementation agreements in Colombia
Three months after the signature of the final peace agreement in Colombia, legislators continue to work non-stop to finalize its effective implementation. Across several provinces, however, paramilitary groups have started to fill the empty spaces left by the withdrawal of FARC forces, and are now generating a wave of violence that has left, since the...