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In Europe we address community tensions and violence in the UK, and train European government officials on their role in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

The price of human life after the MH17 tragedy in Ukraine

On the evening of 17 July I met up with an old friend and former colleague. We were enjoying the pleasant weather and anticipation of the weekend, dining on an open terrace in central London, chatting somewhat naively about this and that, including the crisis in Ukraine and how to address it. Oblivious to the breaking news, we had absolutely no idea that the context we were discussing had fundamentally changed.

Promoting positive diaspora voices

Download the toolkit hereInternational Alert and its partners have published a toolkit on the challenges and opportunities of working with young people from diaspora communities in the UK.

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How myths and narratives are dominating events in Ukraine

I have always admired the expressiveness of the Russian language. Popular turns of phrase that have become enshrined in everyday language reveal quite colourfully Russians’ attitudes towards themselves and ongoing events. In particular I am struck by the way Russians reflect on failure with easy humour, as captured in the phrase ‘they hoped for better, but it turned out as usual’. This particular phrase keeps coming to mind when thinking about the Ukraine crisis. Europeans, Russians and Americans alike all meant well, but what we got was something quite different.

EU election results: A symptom of a less peaceful Europe?

This blog was first published in The Huffington Post here. Since the last European elections were held in 2009, five EU countries - Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus - have required bailouts, and unemployment across the continent has remained persistently high, particularly among young people.

Divisive narratives around migration can fuel tensions in communities

This blog post was first published in The Huffington Post here. According to a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.

#eUnify

UK-based peacebuilding charity International Alert is working with partners in Greece, Italy and the Netherlands to promote a balanced debate around migration and social marginalisation in the run up to the European Parliament elections (22-25 May 2014), and to strengthen peaceful relations in Europe.

Barry Navarro, Senior Officer for the UK Programme at International Alert, said:

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Drugs, gangs, class and caste

Researchers from the Promoting Positive Diaspora Voices projectTake 22 young people who identify strongly with a diaspora community. Put them in a room together for two days to talk about issues around conflict and development. Encourage them go off and speak to their friends, peers, families and experts about these issues. Then bring them back together to help them draw-out their conclusions.

Voice of youth

This research has been undertaken by the young people involved in the ‘Promoting Positive Diaspora Voices’ project. The group consists of young people aged 15-20 years old from Brierfield and Nelson (East Lancashire), Hayes (west London) and Normanton (Derby).