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In South and Southeast Asia we work with local people to improve public security and access to justice, and advise on how businesses can operate in a conflict-sensitive way.

Promoting peaceful development in Myanmar

Myanmar is a country in transition. Since 2010, a series of democratic reforms have opened up the country to new opportunities. There is hope that this process might bring about the social, economic and political reforms necessary to finally establish conditions for peace in the country, after decades of civil war and authoritarian rule.

What’s diaspora got to do with it?

A new background paper by International Alert, What’s diaspora got to do with it?, reflects on our experiences of engaging Sri Lanka’s diaspora communities in peacebuilding in their country of heritage, Sri Lanka, and their country of residence, the UK.

Social integration of migrant communities in Pakistan

Last month International Alert held sessions with community elders and members of the panchayat (a form of local self-government) from Jacobabad and Kashmore districts in Sindh province, Pakistan, to increase their awareness and knowledge of the formal justice system in the country.

State–citizen relations in Pakistan

Last month International Alert organised a series of training workshops for members of the formal justice and security sectors in Jacobabad and Kashmore districts in Sindh province, Pakistan, to strengthen their knowledge of the key fundamentals of human rights, the rule of law and conflict-sensitivity.

Sri Lanka election – what next?

On 26 December 2014, Sri Lanka commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Asian tsunami. It was quite a muted affair given its symbolic place in history, largely overshadowed by an unwanted presidential election campaign. No one, though, would have predicted the political tsunami that saw close to 82% of people take part in the election on 8 January; saw a new president voted in; the army refuse to instigate a coup and the incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa having to concede defeat when only 3 million of an estimated 15 million votes had been counted.

Seizing the new opportunity for peacebuilding in Sri Lanka

Now that we’ve had a little time to digest the democratic ouster of Mahinda Rajapaksa by Maithripala Sirisena as president of Sri Lanka on 8 January, what are the peacebuilding opportunities and challenges? Rajapaksa’s regime was effective in many ways: it had defeated the 25-year Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebellion in a crushing military victory in 2009; it implemented a great deal of infrastructure improvement, including in the war-ruined north; attracted much inward investment from elsewhere in the region; and improved living conditions for the growing middle class.