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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.

Good relations in England

This project aimed to develop a coalition of groups committed to building more resilient, cohesive and peaceful communities. In partnership with local hosts, we helped to organise events across England to promote and share skills, knowledge and practice on good relations work. This included ideas for increasing its voice and influence, such as establishing a national network.

The case for the EU having an external action service

EU High Representative and EC Vice-President Catherine Ashton steps down from leading the European External Action Service (EEAS) in late 2014. She has presented her review of the organisation and how to make it more efficient. But despite her best efforts the basic case for the EEAS remains unclear to many. Winning that case depends not on efficiency alone but on whether the EEAS meets an important need.    A ministry and more The legal basis for the EEAS is the Treaty on European Union as amended by the Treaty of Lisbon signed in December 2007.

Do you do good relations work?

International Alert is co-hosting a series of workshops to identify and share good practice on how to create good relations within and between communities in England.

We are organising the events in partnership with Talk For a Change and local host organisations, with funding from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Oxfam.

Communities under pressure

With cuts to local services, fewer resources for supporting local communities and rising unemployment, especially among the young, many people fear tensions among communities will get worse in England.

Voices across borders

International Alert is calling for greater engagement between the UK government and diasporas, in order to improve peace and development.



Europe - a suitable case for peacebuilding treatment?

In the first ten years after the EU decided at its 2001 Gothenburg summit to have a policy on conflict prevention, the European Commission spent €7.7 billion on what we would now call peacebuilding, about 10 per cent of its total spending on external aid. That made it the world’s biggest peacebuilding spender.