peace

  • Yazidi Road to Peace: Territory, Politics, and Accountability

    Thousands of Yazidi people continue to be impacted since 2014 when the Islamic State invaded their villages in the Sinjar region of Northern Iraq. The Yazidis are an ethnic and religious minority who have endured centuries of persecution from Muslim leaders. Since 2014, the Islamic State (IS) has murdered...
  • Why peace in Yemen could depend on women

    The war in Yemen, often called “the forgotten war,” has caused the death of over 10,000 people, including many civilians. Today, over 18 million people are in need of humanitarian aid and the country is facing one of the most severe famines to date and the world’s worst epidemic...
  • UNMISS SRSG briefing the Security Council on the current situation in South Sudan. Source: UNMISS

    Is peace possible in South Sudan?

    The crisis in South Sudan is now daily in the news. The extensive media reporting on the human suffering and the tireless efforts of NGOs, the UN and other humanitarian agencies to help captures for the world the dire situation. But what is the cause of this deepening crisis...
  • 6 years of suffering

    As diplomacy is stalled, the humanitarian needs are huge. The death toll is approaching 500,000. 13.5 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, 5.7 million are facing acute needs due to multiple risks to which they are exposed. Furthermore, half of the Syrian population has been...
  • Against enemy culture

    When I met Maria Hadjipavlou – a pioneering activist and well-known expert on conflict resolution and gender issues – one Wednesday around the end of February, we met in the buffer zone and the negotiations between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots just had been stalled – again. I had...
  • Rules of war

    On the 23rd of January 2017, the Iraqi Security forces entered the last neighborhood in the eastern part of Mosul, approaching the end of the almost 3-month long battle against Daesh for clearing the eastern half of the city. At the moment, the Iraqi security forces are preparing to...
  • At a crossroads towards peace

    The use of referendums as part of a peace process is not the norm, but many states have done so to lend legitimacy to an agreement. For example, it was used to approve Spain’s draft constitution in 1978 marking the transition into democracy at the end of the Francoist...
  • Give Peace a Chance – Plastic Ono Band

    2016 has been a shocking year so far, from the critical situation that is still raging in Syria, to the increase of racial issues in the United States, from Brexit to the ongoing mass migration of refugees from the Middle East and Africa to Europe and from Central America to...
  • Politics and Peace: the Papal Way

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio, better known as Pope Francis, has been serving his role as the 266th pope – and the first ever Latin American and Jesuit pope – of the Roman Catholic Church for 3 years now.  In a 2015 interview, Pope Francis reflected on his pontificate and said,...
  • The Stalemate: Precarious Peace in Mozambique

    Mozambique is back in the news, and has been for the last couple of months, but unfortunately not in the most positive way. Recently, the news coming out of Mozambique has been rather concerning and hints at an intensification of the simmering conflict between the government and the opposition....
  • Give Peace a Chance,With War

    “The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.” (Omar Bradley) Fighting for peace is an oxymoron.  Parties must stop...
  • Demand Dignity

    Peace in the world starts with peace at home. The foundation of world peace is based on dynamics of interpersonal relationships. The interpersonal relationships’ ground is mainly shaped within the family unit and the culture of a traditionally defined family – which is still the majority in the world-...
  • Muslims form a Ring of Peace around the Oslo Synagogue

    Muslims all over the world are being labelled: as terrorists, as violators of human rights and as having no respect for women. This is due to the horrific acts that are conducted in the name of Islam; such as the Paris attacks of the 6th of January, the killings...
  • Imagine John Lennon today

    On the 8th of December 1980, a legend of rock and roll and one of the most powerful peace advocates of the 20th century was killed on his way home in New York. John Lennon was forty years old; he had recently come back to the music scene after...