Local participation and migration: The role of countries of origin

Local participation and migration: The role of countries of origin
Can the level of political and civic participation of migrants in Italy be influenced by forms of participation in their countries of origin? This framing of how foreigners and new citizens participate at the local level, and the potential links with the forms of participation in their countries of origin, has rarely been explored. How...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Are you series? New narratives for women’s political participation

Are you series? New narratives for women’s political participation
Web and TV series have been progressively used to shape national and international social narratives in the last few years. Gender stereotypes and prejudices can pass through these media and reinforce existing patterns. However, the opposite could be true as well: progressive series could challenge gender labels or consolidated social rules. This is indeed what...