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Can Europe and the U.S. disengage from the Middle East?
Royal Marines in Afhanistan by Defence Images with CC licence from Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) George Joffé 2 June 2016
Western policy towards the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East is inextricably intertwined with the policies of the European Union and the U.S. towards the civil war in Syria, Iran and the sectarian crisis in Iraq. In consequence, neither can disengage from the affairs of the Middle East. more  
Changing the status quo: what directions for Palestinians?
Israel & Palestine_Rusty Stewart_(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Khalil Shikaki 29 May 2016
As they approach the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation, and twenty-three years after the signing of the Oslo agreement, Palestinians have concluded that the Oslo process is no longer able to deliver independence or end of occupation. more  
East Asian perceptions of the UN and its role in peace and security
UN and National Police Train in East Timor_United Nations Photo_(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Sebastian von Einsiedel , Anthony Yazaki 27 May 2016
Over recent decades much of East Asia has undergone a massive transformation from a region stricken by poverty and underdevelopment to being a key driver of global economic growth.This report explores the factors that shape East Asian countries’ views of the UN and what drives their actual and potential investments in and contributions... more  
Women political leaders and peacebuilding
NLD candidate meets the local contact_judithbluepool_(CC BY-NC 2.0) Clare Castillejo 12 May 2016
Over the past 15 years there has been growing recognition of the gender-differentiated impact of conflict, the opportunities to promote women’s rights that post-conflict peacebuilding processes provide and – crucially – the value that women bring to peacebuilding. Yet in many conflict-affected settings women’s participation and leaders... more  
Engaged societies, responsive states: The Social Contract in situations of conflict and fragility
Social Contract_Pulpolux (CC BY-NC 2.0) Marco Mezzera , David Sogge , Sarah Lister 27 April 2016
The social contract is the process by which everyone in a political community, either explicitly or tacitly, consents to state authority, thereby limiting some of her or his freedoms, in exchange for the state’s protection of their universal human rights and security and for the adequate provision of public goods and services. more  
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