From the Backyard to the United Nations: The PeaceMentors initiative in Iran

From the Backyard to the United Nations: The PeaceMentors initiative in Iran
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. The adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) is more than anything...

Using Peacebuilding to Counter Violent Extremism: Lessons from Kenya and Tanzania

Using Peacebuilding to Counter Violent Extremism: Lessons from Kenya and Tanzania
Many development and peacebuilding NGOs are working today to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE). Among these is Search for Common Ground (Search), an international NGO that has, over the years, developed its own approach, called Transforming Violent Extremism (TVE). But what is the evidence that a peacebuilding approach can effectively contribute to addressing violent...

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...

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...

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...

The new Italian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: strengths and weaknesses

The new Italian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: strengths and weaknesses
In December 2016, the third Italian National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security 2016-2019 was adopted. The adoption of the NAP, which gives continuity and renewed impetus to Italy’s commitment to the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and following resolutions, was welcomed by civil society organisations. The novelties introduced by the new NAP, which...

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...

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...