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Scenarios for a peace mission for Syria
Photo by F.Muath/Oxfam, via the Gender Agency under CC BY-NC 2.0 Álvaro Vasconcelos 1 June 2015
The most likely scenario for an end to the conflict would require a regionally led solution involving Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, with the eventual backing of the US and Russia. more  
Report series: Non-conventional armed violence
Bullet Hole in my Window by Jonathan Kos-Read with CC license from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathankosread/6755508197/in/photolist-bhXKeg-gLJQT-56njfR-aVAWYR-4hoATh-eN144s-6Z7KbB-bVh81w-aQfSk8-DzmUp-4QVqii-3KvWeN-5uS5bV-7GVvU9-7GVvLu-5QTtrq-9VYTDd-37t55-5yFRSr-91wthR-5ewKCj-4Xtmxs-9M4XGA-5ASwCG-5RnisQ-5VfSGV-2GpZeR-7GRAxK-hDxAL4-2KYnVy-cnQdo3-8qJMQp-54iLM3-5jTU8-7GRApv-4NMGqh-5ZdVFk-6X6J4F-76UsxF-9SDNAW-6VgWW2-2VHze-aS49nz-fQiQzY-4Xtmrm-5C79vk-7p8CH1-8uB2uh-4puwUv-bxf9D 1 June 2015
This series of reports commissioned by NOREF and the Conflict Research Unit of the Clingendael Institute  will aim to explore the role of “non-conventional armed violence” around the world. more  
King Salman consolidates the Al-Sudayri “palace coup”
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud by Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff with CC licence from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/thejointstaff/14145544277/in/photolist-nxZBur-nLQRZr-nJNmcY-nLNdwU-numfM7-nLxKZv-numfhj-nBiRha-nD5YEi-nAFyQR-njtSus-k56NoP-iefVVh-nyVJ4Q-nAFyiZ-njtKLB-nAvbMd-nArSy4-nAJPH4-mUCE3z-mUCwtr-mUErhQ-mUEjq3-mUEfwG-mUE8s1-mUBYQr-mUC75z-mUBUS4-mUBH3c-mUBySV-mUBnMD-mUBbAR-mUAPyx-mfNVEx-mfEgB5-icYfHN-icYtUX-icYss8-h6twzm-h6mMQH-gVAhxs-gSEUEN-gR2FvS-gupzSD-guo7qh-guoxz6-fX3Fe9-dWRHCH-dUKNCS-dUjqbQ Stig Stenslie 27 May 2015
King Salman’s reshuffling of top posts might increase the long-term risk of political instability in Saudi Arabia. It underpins the notion that the Al-Sudayri clan of the royal family has carried out a "palace coup". more  
Policy brief: The role of norms in international peace mediation
Work for peace by Kate Ter Har with CC licence from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/katerha/5011523462/in/photolist-8CRnjW-oFSaei-5e9qcX-rvmzmD-pdSx5r-oYmgzF-9Mhgft-7jGbHy-cYLet-saHduV-83nREN-oFSba6-rFbxH4-cjNfZ3-oFRVdo-67sL-pdRmRK-7p5spj-87yiWG-pdRicF-bWY6xp-4euk4W-c7VsWj-oWjZBd-oFSjH1-pdSdew-pdSchw-kG89h9-amc765-efXH33-j2cFL-s8Qjpg-pvmuLp-2b7iXd-rFbxvv-rF4e2m-rF4e5C-7XHiH-5ZDNCC-oYjqYS-bBsQCu-6R5wZv-ptjqMj-pdRnC4-6s7JNz-oWjZAG-oFR6To-rnkqJa-pdRpJt-kUP42N Sara Hellmüller , Julia Palmiano Federer , Mathias Zeller 20 May 2015
This policy brief  aims to explore how the normative framework influences mediation practice and makes some practical suggestions intended to provide clarity around the question of how to deal with norms in mediation. It is based on interviews with more than 20 mediators and mediation experts. more  
“Decisive Storm”: Saudi Arabia’s attack on the Houthis in Yemen
Sudanese Air Force MiG-29 fighters by RA_AZ with CC licence from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/uflinks/16362314974/in/photolist-qXWwtD-rL9NYi-rL1F6Q-rYQw2T-r6AZiy-s1je5u-r6NH7R-rJhfFM-qXj7Q8-rTt27q-rSKUEf-rS9F47-r6AWes-rYTihD-s3tsTs-rL2Vkw-rL1MG5-rzHgQ7-rAMA7T-r6KK6h-rJuDc4-pTC7uA-rHGp13-qVT9bS-rL9ZKY-jXtiMZ-hE5oza-k2Zz4-dmr2ep-68UoUc-4iMecL-bAx5SX-a3vrVg Stig Stenslie 11 May 2015
On March 26th 2015, Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on the Houthis and their allies in Yemen. The operation,  “Decisive Storm”, was supported by a coalition of Sunni Muslim countries. more  
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