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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  
Stability and vulnerability in the Sahel: the regional roles and internal dynamics of Chad and Niger
Scene de rue_Gustave Deghilage with CC licence from Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Paul Melly , Ben Shepherd 19 April 2016
Chad and Niger are among the world’s least developed countries – and deprivation and institutional weakness are potential drivers of instability. So it is important that external partners do not allow security imperatives to obscure the long-term necessity of a sustained focus on poverty reduction and good governance. more  
The role of ex-rebel parties in building peace
Maoists_looking_for_votes By Francisco Anzola CC BY 2.0 Clare Castillejo 16 March 2016
Political parties can play an important part in shaping the direction of post-conflict peacebuilding, and parties that emerge from rebel movements have a particularly central role to play in this regard. While such groups are often uniquely placed to articulate the grievances that underlie the conflict and channel these into political... more  
Pakistani-Afghan relations after Karzai
By gcawflickr - originally posted to Flickr as Afghan election billboard, July 2009, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7540036 Safdar Sial 18 February 2016
Unlike his predecessor, Hamid Karzai, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has adopted a policy of rapprochement towards Pakistan. To that end he delayed the implementation of the strategic partnership agreement with India, sought close ties with Pakistan’s security establishment, and instituted specific initiatives to alleviate Pakistani con... more  
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