Resources

Opening spaces for youth in Jammu & Kashmir

May 2014
Youth are vital agents for positive societal change. This paper explores how this could be done in Kashmir, with recommendations on ways to engage youth with political and socio-economic processes.

Community strength after bomb blasts in Jos

May 2014
The city of Jos, Nigeria was tragically hit by bombs on 20 and 24 May 2014. As local reactions form, community cohesion will be essential in preventing reprisal attacks. A press statement from local peacebuilders in Jos has been released. It condemns the attacks and calls for the people of Jos to react by rallying around victims, rather than cause greater hardship through violent reprisals.

Background to the Kashmir conflict: challenges and opportunities

Sep 2013

This paper is the first in a series from the Kashmir Initiative Group (KIG), providing a background to the Kashmir context. The paper reflects on the current landscape in the region, identifies internal and external challenges and opportunities, and offers some suggested points of action in response to these. KIG will produce four policy briefs over the next year based on four issues identified in this paper:

Border community security: Mano River Union region

Aug 2013
This research report presents key findings from the selected border region locations in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. It outlines key challenges to border communities in the region, with the aim of informing policy dialogues with relevant national government authorities on cross-border community security.

The Impact of Conflict on Young People in Azad Jammu and Kashmir

Dec 2012

The long-standing and intractable issue of Kashmir between Pakistan and India is of great importance for the young people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The costs of this deep-rooted conflict have become increasingly difficult for Pakistan and India, and for the people of the erstwhile state of Kashmir in particular.

‘Living in a pressure cooker situation’ A needs assessment of youth in India-administered Kashmir

Dec 2012

At a time when young people worldwide are recognised for taking the lead in changing their societies, this participatory research is aimed at finding the perception and level of awareness of Kashmiri youth about their rights and duties. It also examines the social and political change they want to see, and what they need to effect this change in Kashmir.

Армения и Азербайджан: что могут делать сами общества в ситуации, когда политики допускают серьезные промахи?

Sep 2012
Недавнее помилование президентом Азербайджана Рамиля Сафарова, осужденного за убийство в 2004 году, является новым ударом для всех, кто работает на дело мирного урегулирования армяно-азербайджанского конфликта вокруг Нагорного Карабаха. Лоренс Броерс анализирует значимость дела Сафарова и рассуждает о том, могут ли и как такие проекты, как “Кинодиалоги”, помочь восстановлению утраченного доверия.

Armenia and Azerbaijan: what can societies do when political judgement errs?

Sep 2012

Following his conviction for a brutal murder in 2004, Ramil Safarov's presidential pardon is a new low-point for those working towards a peaceful resolution of Armenia and Azerbaijan's conflict over Nagorny Karabakh. Laurence Broers analyses the impact of this case and looks at how projects like Dialogue Through Film must try and rebuild the trust that has unraveled.

Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon (Accord 24) - Arabic version

Jul 2012

Lebanon’s model of post-war power sharing and liberal economic growth has been widely praised. But it has failed to deliver for most Lebanese. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Agreement, and today fear of spillover from insecurity in Syria, show that a fundamentally different approach is needed to transform negative and precarious stability in Lebanon into positive and resilient peace.

Policy brief – Reconciliation, reform and resilience: Positive peace for Lebanon

Jul 2012
A fundamentally different approach is needed to transform precarious stability in Lebanon into durable peace. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Accord show that Lebanon’s model of power sharing and liberal economic growth, while widely praised, has in reality failed to deliver a noticeable peace dividend. This 6-page policy brief summarises the findings of Accord 24 and sets out 10 priorities for change.

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