The recent wave of violent protests and unrest across the developed world – the storming of the US Capitol during the electoral college process and the riots in the Netherlands, among others – questions the assumption that high-income countries have become immune to large-scale internal political violence. Are we facing a new wave of high-income conflict?
In the fall of 2020, diplomats at the UN gathered virtually to negotiate a resolution that would close out the 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review (PBAR), which assessed the UN’s implementation of sustaining peace – and hence prevention – since the last review in 2016. The secretary-general released his report on the review in September 2020, highlighting the importance of prevention, and making the case for progress over the past 4 years.
This paper highlights the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the humanitarian and economic devastation wrought by prolonged conflict in the Arab region. It also provides an overview of recent and forecasted conflict trends in seven countries, which show that conflict dynamics remain largely unchanged, or in some cases worsened, since the outbreak of the virus.
Following two years of research and mobilization, the Pathfinders Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion is setting out a consultation draft of policy priorities for immediate and longer-term actions to tackle inequality and exclusion, with a particular focus on an inclusive and sustainable COVID-19 recovery.
A crucial issue in Congolese political life is electoral reform. A new report published by CIC's Congo Research Group focuses on the electoral commission (CENI), the control of which has, despite its mandate, become a key factor in obtaining or retaining power. The report reviews the views of different stakeholders in Congolese political life and demonstrates why it is today unlikely, if not impossible, to be able to completely depoliticize the CENI.