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Students Speak: Is Peace A Prerequisite For Development?

Students Speak: Is Peace A Prerequisite For Development?

The world is becoming a less peaceful place according to this year’s global peace index, with violence and war more entrenched in certain countries, and terrorism at an all-time high. The Middle East and North Africa is the world’s least peaceful region, and conflict in Syria and Iraq is frequently in the headlines. South Sudan […]

After Brexit, The UK Still Has A Role To Play In Preventing Conflict

After Brexit, The UK Still Has A Role To Play In Preventing Conflict

As the UK heads towards Brexit, and reviews its place in, and relationships with, the wider world, it must not lose sight of its role in building peace. Despite understandable anxiety, suspicion and mistrust today, British people are still likely to be living, some years from now, in a democratically governed, prosperous and peaceful UK. […]

Armenian Police Clash With Demonstrators As Hostage Stand-Off Continues

Armenian Police Clash With Demonstrators As Hostage Stand-Off Continues

Clashes between anti-government demonstrators and police are intensifying in the Armenian captial, where armed men have been holding hostages for four days and protesters erected barricades on a nearby avenue. More than 50 people were injured in the clashes near a police station in Yerevan after police moved in late on Wednesday night to clear […]

ANALYSIS: What Say Do Women Have in Kenya’s Peace and Security?

ANALYSIS: What Say Do Women Have in Kenya’s Peace and Security?

In March, Kenya became one of 60 countries to have developed an action plan to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), on women, peace and security. Besides the principles of the 2010 Constitution, the action plan – like the resolution – focuses on four pillars, namely prevention; protection; participation […]

China’s CNPC Evacuates Most Of Its Staff From South Sudan

China’s CNPC Evacuates Most Of Its Staff From South Sudan

China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) has evacuated the bulk of its workers from South Sudan after fighting started in the capital Juba earlier this month, but its operations were unaffected, a CNPC-run paper said on Tuesday. Many foreigners have been evacuated from South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, which is still recovering from a two-year […]

South Sudan Stares Down the Barrel of Another Civil War

South Sudan Stares Down the Barrel of Another Civil War

Ahead of South Sudan’s Independence Day, its fifth, the government announced that it would not be spending any money on celebrations. “We decided not to celebrate the July 9 Independence Day, because we don’t want to spend that much. We need to spend the little that we have on other issues,” said a minister. But […]

Marginalised Tunisian Youth Encouraged To Choose Graffiti Over Isis

Marginalised Tunisian Youth Encouraged To Choose Graffiti Over Isis

It’s lunchtime in the Tunisian city of Kasserine. From plastic chairs at a pavement cafe on the city’s main thoroughfare, a group of young men are watching the heavily-armed guards patrol the city’s best hotel. Here in Tunisia’s second-biggest city, security is paramount. It’s only a few hours’ drive east from the Algerian border and […]

U.S. Senate Committee Threatens to Reduce UN Funding Over Abuse Cases

U.S. Senate Committee Threatens to Reduce UN Funding Over Abuse Cases

The chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee threatened Wednesday to reduce funding to the United Nations over peacekeeper misconduct. “What is wrong with the secretary-general of the U.N.?” Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, asked a hearing on ending sexual abuse in U.N. peacekeeping. “I think the U.N. is in great jeopardy of […]

This Woman Survived the Rwandan Genocide and Inspired Change in Her Community

This Woman Survived the Rwandan Genocide and Inspired Change in Her Community

Sitting under the shade of the acacia trees in Nyaruguru, Rwanda, 52-year-old Caritas Mukagatana lists every member of her family killed in the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of nearly 800,000 people in just 100 days. “I had a large family but out of that large family only me, two of my children, and my […]

Congo-Brazzaville: Congo Police Exchange Fire With ‘Militia’.

Congo-Brazzaville: Congo Police Exchange Fire With ‘Militia’.

Heavy and sporadic gunfire has been heard in the capital of the Republic of Congo as police fought with what one official described as militia fighters. The apparent fighting comes just weeks after President Denis Sassou N’Guesso’s re-election. The gunfire tapered off at times as it was heard to ring out in the southern Bacongo […]

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