In this article Janet Adama Mohammed, our West Africa Director, explains why young at-risk men are essential to lasting peace in central Nigeria. This piece was originally published in The Guardian.
As the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front meet in Kuala Lumpur, Froilyn Mendoza, founder of TLWOI, shares how she and other indigenous women are fighting for their voices to be heard in the new Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Chairperson of the Philippines’ Government peace panel for negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), spoke to Conciliation Resources about the aims and challenges of the Mindanao peace process as she reflects on the lessons learned from past peacebuilding efforts.
On 25 January 2014 the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front concluded sixteen years of negotiations seeking to putting an end to an armed conflict which originated in 1968. Kristian Herbolzheimer explains the origins of the conflict, details the innovations that led to the deal, outlines the ramifications of the deal itself, and warns that lessons need to be learnt to ensure that the implementation of the agreement is effective.
A grassroots community initiative in the Central African Republic is rejecting violence and bringing Christians and Muslims together in favour of peace. Nyeko Caesar Poblicks, recently returned from the capital Bangui, explains more.
The recent breakthrough in Colombian peace talks – an agreement by parties on political participation – can be seen as a way to innovate and democratise the peace process itself. Kristian Herbolzheimer, Director of Conciliation Resources' Colombia Programme explains.
Governments remain reluctant to engage armed groups, a complex, risky and highly political action. Yet, as Teresa Dumasy explains, constructive engagement with armed groups can create the conditions for the peaceful resolution of conflict.
As decision-makers start to consider a wider variety of options in response to the Syrian crisis, David Newton and Teresa Dumasy assert that a multi-faceted peace process – one that promotes the wide variety of non-violent peace and reconciliation initiatives already being led locally – is what can help transform society and build sustainable peace
Sanne Tielemans comments on the UK Government's review of the EU Balance of Competences and highlights how, while the EU's contribution to peace has increased in recent decades, a greater focus on peacebuilding over military and crisis responses is required in order to positively impact conflict-affected communities.
David Newton comments on the decision of EU Foreign Ministers to add the military wing of Hezbollah to their list of banned terrorist organisations. What effect might this have on the EU's credibility and role in Lebanon, and the country's already fragile peace prospects?