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.
As the 2030 Agenda enters its third year, those working to end violence against children must redouble their efforts to make significant progress towards SDG16.2.
This challenge paper by David Steven – the first in a series exploring next steps in implementation of the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to peace, justice and inclusion – is an update to If Not Now, When? Ending Violence Against all the World’s Children which recommended the formation of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
Published ahead of the Solutions Summit in Stockholm, the paper reviews the progress of the global partnership, and what can be done over the next 18 months to maximize the opportunity that the 2019 High-Level Political Forum offers to step up efforts to protect children from violence.
An integrated approach to crisis and conflict prevention requires clarity on what is meant by prevention, and how the concept of prevention fits with the 2030 Agenda, sustaining peace, and other relevant frameworks. This new briefing paper by Sarah Cliffe and David Steven proposes a new paradigm for prevention that has three levels: (i) universal prevention strategies that aim to build healthy societies that manage conflict productively, provide safety and security, increase resilience, and enhance social, political, and economic inclusion; (ii) “at risk” prevention strategies that target groups, communities, and countries that face elevated risk of conflict, or where violence is highest and resilience lowest; and (iii) prevention strategies that are tailored to situations of ongoing conflict or crisis.
At the most recent Arria-formula meeting on Afghanistan on November 27, 2017, Barnett Rubin spoke on the importance of regional approaches in fostering development and peace. In his talk, Partners for Afghanistan: Linking Security, Development and Peace in the Central Asian Region.
The African Union is mandated to help South Sudan to ensure accountability for past human rights abuses through the establishment of a hybrid court. This mandate is derived from the Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, signed in 2015. The agreement also makes provision for a Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing and a Compensation and Reparation Authority. In the face of continued violence in South Sudan, how can the African Union assist in enabling an effective transitional justice strategy for the country?