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  • Traditional Liberian dancers perform during a farewell for the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) organized by the NGO Liberia Crusaders for Peace in Monrovia.

    © UN Photo/Albert González Farran

    In February 2018, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, International Peace Institute, and NYU Center on International Cooperation convened a workshop on Liberia's ongoing transition process, relationships with the UN and other entities, and implications for sustaining peace in Liberia and other contexts going forward.

    Apr 16, 2018
  • This side event to the High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace will explore the potential for the Sustainable Development Goal targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDD16+) to provide a meaningful set of guide posts for actors as they seek to seize windows of opportunity to sustain peace.

  • Soldiers of the Somali National Army (SNA) walk at dusk under a rising crescent moon near the outskirts of Afgooye, a town to the west of Somali capital Mogadishu.

    © UN Photo

    This new paper argues that Somalia's chronic instability and the pervasive threat posed by violent extremists should be addressed through a comprehensive approach to managing the politics of security. This includes implementing a common Somali vision of federal and state level security institutions that are shared, trusted, and capable. It also calls for attention to issues of injustice, impunity, and corruption with the Sustainable Development Goals - particularly SDG16 on peaceful, just, and inclusive societies - acting as concrete guideposts around which action could coalesce. 

    Apr 10, 2018
    Sagal Abshir, Michael Keating
  • 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.

    Mar 08, 2018
    Hanny Megally
  • In the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has recognized that fostering inclusive societies based on strong and transparent institutions is an indispensible requirement for sustainable development. To explore further collective action in addressing issues of participation and inclusion, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Special Meeting at UN Headquarters in May 2018 entitled Towards Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Societies through Participation of All.

    In preparation for this Special Meeting, CIC Senior Fellow David Steven gave a speech on "Knowledge for Social, Economic and Political Inclusion", highlighting the centrality of Inclusion in the 2030 agenda and the Pathfinders program. Read the full speech here. 

    Mar 12, 2018
    David Steven
    2030 Agenda
  • 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.

    Feb 28, 2018
    Amanda Lucey, Liezelle Kumalo
  • Afghan civilians are becoming casualties of war in alarming numbers. 

    Mar 02, 2018
    Said Sabir Ibrahimi
  • The Secretary-General’s new report on sustaining peace 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). In this new commentary, CIC Deputy Director Paige Arthur unpacks the report, highlighting key strengths of the report while recognizing the wider challenges facing the UN and Secretary-General in sustaining peace and prevention. 

    Mar 02, 2018
    Paige Arthur
    Peace Operations
  • 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. 

     

    Feb 27, 2018
    Barnett 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.

    Feb 23, 2018
    Barnett Rubin
    Afghanistan

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