Can social contact reduce prejudice? Exploring the assumption in Nigeria

Can social contact reduce prejudice? Exploring the assumption in Nigeria
This article is published as part of AP’s work in support of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda, as defined by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015). To learn more about our work and read the other articles published, please click here. In recent years, there has been an increase of peacebuilding projects that seek to...

We’ve got time: Peacebuilding through the arts in Kosovo and Serbia

We’ve got time: Peacebuilding through the arts in Kosovo and Serbia
This article is published as part of AP’s work in support of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda, as defined by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015). To learn more about our work and read the other articles published, please click here. From whichever side one observes them, Kosovo-Serbia relations seem like a never-ending story....

Digital platforms to counter violent extremism among youth: Do they work?

Digital platforms to counter violent extremism among youth: Do they work?
This article is published as part of AP’s work in support of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda, as defined by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015). To learn more about our work and read the other articles published, please click here. This article discusses the role of digital interventions in building youth agency to...

Dialogue among youth: A means to prevent violence in Burundi

Dialogue among youth: A means to prevent violence in Burundi
This article is published as part of AP’s work in support of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda, as defined by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015). To learn more about our work and read the other articles published, please click here. Burundi has been devastated by a series of socio-political conflicts since its independence...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Peacebuilding and the EU Accession process in Bosnia Herzegovina

Peacebuilding and the EU Accession process in Bosnia Herzegovina
Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) officially applied for EU membership in February 2016. The country, which is still struggling with legacies of the devastating 1990s war, dealing with the transition from a socialist economy to a market economy, coping with tensions among ethnic groups (strumentalised by political parties) and emerging from the global economic crisis, is now...

How to promote healthy state-citizen relations in Africa: Lessons from an evaluation

How to promote healthy state-citizen relations in Africa: Lessons from an evaluation
Many African countries are today characterized by predominantly adversarial dynamics between governments and civil society organisations (CSOs), due mainly to a lack of mutual trust and to the weakness (or lack) of institutional settings for dialogue and structured collaboration. As a result, it is hard for government representatives and civil society leaders to work together...