Human Rights and Peacebuilding: Difficulties of Activists

Preventing wars and massive human rights violations, and rebuilding societies in their aftermath, requires an approach that incorporates the perspectives of both human rights advocates and conflict resolution practitioners. This is easier to assert than to achieve. These two groups make different assumptions, apply different methodologies, and have different institutional constraints. As a result, they…

No War With Iran Action

On January 2nd 2020, the US sent a drone to bomb an Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani. This open declaration of war from the United States is bringing the low-scale conflict between the US and Iran into a dangerous escalation point that could potentially bring more instability in the region and possibly another full-scale war in…

Religious Identity and Political Conflict in Iran

By Anahita Shahrokhi The different interpretations of religion and its position in public life play an important role in Middle Eastern politics, affecting the course of ongoing conflicts significantly. This is evident in attempts by Iran to use its religious, financial, political and military influence to create sectarian militias and expand its presence and influence…

A Multidisciplinary and progressive view of peace and conflict studies

The author argues that Peace and Conflict Studies serves as a comprehensive reference book that provides a lively account of peace and conflict that simultaneously stimulates the mind and tugs at the heart. There is some psychology in this book. However, the coverage is much broader and particularly generous with historical material, which gives the reader a…

2019 Global Peace Index – Vision of Humanity

This is the thirteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. This report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to date on peace,…

Yemen and Future Autonomous, Conflict – Peace

Despite ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen, populations remain at risk of war crimes and are experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Fighting between Houthi rebels, members of the General People’s Congress, the Southern Transitional Council (STC), and various forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government – as well as airstrikes…

Political change and manifestation of violence in Georgia

In 2012, for the first time in its 22 years of independence, Georgia witnessed the peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box. It was a significant development for the country’s ambitious democratisation agenda. However, the news of religious intolerance in the villages of Nigvziani, Tsintskharo and Chela, where there are substantial Muslim populations, and…

‘Terribly and Terrifyingly Normal’: Political Violence Targeting Women

New Data Confirm Political Violence Targeting Women is on the Rise 28 May 2019: Women around the world are facing unprecedented levels of targeted political violence. According to new data on political violence targeting women collated by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) – in partnership with the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at…

Humanitarian in CONFLICT ZONES

After the ghastly assassination of seven aid workers and their guide in a natural park in Niger on August 9, many false stereotypes surfaced in the media with regard to humanitarian aid in armed conflict zones. Humanitarian aid workers were portrayed from two opposing angles. One described the heroism of aid workers as dauntless saviors…

Climate crisis: 6 million people join latest wave of global protests

Six million people have taken to the streets over the past week, uniting across timezones, cultures and generations to demand urgent action on the escalating ecological emergency. A fresh wave of climate strikes swept around the globe on Friday with an estimated 2 million people walking out of schools and workplaces. Organisers say that during…