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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.

New counter-extremism laws must not cut out spaces for dialogue

This blog was originally published in openDemocracy on 19 May 2015. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, commonly described as the foundation of the freedom of the individual and the protection of liberty, and often regarded as the cornerstone of 'British values' of justice and fairness.

Talking Peace podcast: Episode 1

We are pleased to present Episode 1 of our Talking Peace podcast, bringing you news and analysis of peace and conflict around the world.

Promoting peace in Syria

Syrian Platform for Peace logoInternational Alert is helping to create a new diaspora network for promoting peace in Syria called the Syrian Platform for Peace.

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Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on violence in and from the margins

On Wednesday last week, as the world knows, three men attacked the staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people and wounding eight. The night before a 17-year-old was murdered just off the high street in Homerton, east London, about 15 minutes' walk from where I live. In and around Paris, by the end of Friday, the death toll had reached 20, including two of the three killers, plus a third man, who himself had killed five more.

Peacebuilding begins at home: Addressing rising tensions and insecurity in Europe

This prescient blog was written before the tragic events in France last week, sparked by a shooting at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, and suggests three pressing reasons for the European Union to re-establish itself as a peacebuilding instrument in the minds of the general public. It was originally published on openDemocracy.

A continent of peace?

In the latest edition of our Peace Focus series, A continent of peace?, we identify some of the factors underlining rising tensions and insecurity within Europe – in particular in European Union (EU) member states – and the challenges this poses to the resilience of citizens and communities.

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Telling the untold stories of good relations in England

International Alert, in collaboration with Talk for a Change (a community interest company), has been working on a project called ‘Building a Voice for Good Relations in England’ since 2013, funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Oxfam.

Building good relations in England

‘British values’, ‘too many migrants’, ‘Trojan horses’, ‘skivers versus strivers’. Heated national debates about issues such as identity, integration and fairness increasingly set one group against another in England.

But what goes on at the local level? Are good relations across different social groups and identities even possible? And who is doing the invisible ‘social glue’ work, strengthening social bonds and trust across differences, and developing a sense of shared place and purpose?