For more than six years, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has documented, independently and impartially, serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by parties to the conflict in Syria, which have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. Such violations have further driven more than half of the population to leave their homes. From its inception, this was a conflict characterised by the parties’ utter disregard for the civilians they purport to represent, as well as for international law. This report demonstrates once again that civilians were not only the unintentional victims of violence, but often have been deliberately targeted through unlawful means and methods of warfare.
On March 12, Senior Fellow David Steven gave a talk at a breakfast meeting in preparation for the 2018 United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Meeting: "Towards Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Societies through Participation of All."
Liberia and Sierra Leone are undergoing important transitions. The countries provide important case studies on how the United Nations (UN) can ensure successful transitions, not only from peacekeeping to peacebuilding but also from conflict to building a sustainable peace. With the current UN focus on conflict prevention for sustaining peace, this policy brief provides practical recommendations on what this means in practice.
The Secretary-General’s new report on sustaining peace (A/72/707-S/2018/43) is the long-awaited response to the call to report on the implementation of the General Assembly’s and Security Council’s dual resolutions on sustaining peace (2016).
An American who helped open secret negotiations with the Taliban calls for them to accept a ceasefire and peace talks with the Afghan government. By NYU CIC Senior Fellow and Associate Director Barnett R. Rubin.
Royalist and republican, Khalqi and Parchami, Soviet Union and the West, communist and Islamist, mujahid and Talib, Hanafi and takfiri, al Qaeda and America, warlord and technocrat, Pashtun and non-Pashtun, Islamic Emirate and Islamic State, KGB, ISI, and CIA – all have for decades carried on an uninterrupted struggle in Afghanistan.
The sight in recent weeks of Syrian delegations flying in and out of Geneva, Vienna, Astana and now Sochi to negotiate peace has fuelled speculation that a political settlement to the Syrian conflict is in sight. The real question, however, is not will the fighting stop, but will justice be achieved?
Impact Investment. Social Entrepreneurship. Corporate Partnerships. We’ve all heard these buzz words, but what do they actually mean? How can they be effectively applied to finance sustainable peace efforts in some of the world’s most difficult conflict areas?
In the first of this two-part article series, CIC Visiting Scholar Riva Kantowitz delves into the innovative methods and models that are being applied to fund global conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts. The article also raises important challenges to these methods, including the impact of the funding and how it is being used on the ground.