In both low and middle income countries, well established arguments and solid evidence confirm that there is no real development without peace and only the peace of the graveyard without development. These conclusions have shifted the fulcrum of discussion about development over the past several years. But they have not yet added up to telling anybody how to do it.
To many disinterested observers last week's Kenya elections seem like a victory not only for President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, for his Jubilee Alliance, and for the Kikuyu and Kalenjin tribes represented by Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto.
Our second Conflict Ideas Forum was on the topic of large-scale violent conflict that neither fits formal and familiar definitions of "armed conflict", nor does it fit into the mandates of international institutions.
The Nobel Lecture when the EU received the 2012 Peace Prize was a speech in two chapters, the first delivered by Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the Council (pictured), and the second by Jose Barroso, President of the Commission. It was van Rompuy who addressed the issues I raised in yesterday’s post and he did it pretty well.
The Nobel Lecture
Today, Monday 10 December, in Oslo City Hall and then in the banqueting rooms of the Grand Hotel in the evening, the European Union receives and celebrates the Nobel Peace Prize 2012.
Euro-phobes and sceptics
‘Now I see it differently’, said one of the participants on our four-day course on conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity in Birmingham, UK last month.
The event, designed to train and prepare civilians for crisis management missions worldwide, brought together members of EU, UN and OSCE missions in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kosovo and elsewhere.
Here our Climate Change and Conflict Adviser Janani Vivekananda shares her thoughts on a recent trip to Rio, Brazil.
Hot on the heels of the Olympic flag, I found myself making the journey from London to Rio for a conference last week.
In the more than 50 years since its independence, Sudan has suffered from recurring civil wars causing extensive suffering and devastation. With the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 hopes rose for peaceful co-existence and development. However, since the secession of South Sudan in 2011, the situation can at best be described as non-war. A positive peace seems to be far away.
Through a participatory afternoon we will share experiences and approaches to working with young people on issues of conflict both in the UK and abroad. Contributors include the British Red Cross, Marsden Heights Community College, Refugee Youth, International Alert and Y Care International.
For more information and to download a booking form, see the attachments below.
Browse through the images below of some of the comedians that have taken part in International Alert’s ‘Are You Taking the Peace?’ series, and find out what they think peace is and why it’s so important.
Want to know when our next ‘Are You Taking the Peace?’ event is taking place? Click HERE.
This paper uses Alert’s peacebuilding framework to explore questions about peace and peacebuilding in South Sudan and Sudan.
Important underlying factors of conflict remain unaddressed within both countries, and the paper makes three broad recommendations to those in South Sudan and Sudan who are concerned to build a more comprehensive and more stable peace, and to those in the international community wishing to support their efforts.