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...

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...

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 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...

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...